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Bowl: C.87-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


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Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: shallow hemispherical bowl with an everted, flange rim. Sits on a high, flaring foot ring.
Interior: on the rim script (or possibly pseudo-script) painted in lustre on a dotted ground and enclosed by concentric lustre bands. On the body two sketchily drawn, confronted figures wearing robes decorated either with large dots or scrolls reserved in lustre. In the background lustre dots and scrolls and two half palmettes are painted.
Exterior: on the body scrolling, sketchy half palmettes are painted in lustre and framed above and below by concentric lustre bands. Glaze terminates on the exterior foot ring, where it covers the surface unevenly.


History note: Found at Gurgan

Legal notes

Accepted by HM Government under the Cultural Gifts Scheme from the Ades Family and allocated to the Fitzwilliam, 2019

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.6 cm
Weight: 235 g
Width: 16.3 cm

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16.3 cm5.6 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ central Asia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2019-07-01) by Ades Family


Early 13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1220 CE


Kashan style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, terminates on the exterior foot ring, where it covers the surface unevenly) Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white) Rim Diameter 16.3 cm
Base Diameter 6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted with lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Arabic script (Kufic)

  • Location: Interior rim
  • Method of creation: Hand painted
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: black rectangular paper label

  • Text: 61
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white rectangular paper label

  • Text: 10
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.87-2019
Primary reference Number: 140047
Previous ID: AL.8-1976
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 February 2022 Last processed: Thursday 17 February 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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