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Ewer in the form of a Monkey: OC.163-1946

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Ewer in the form of a Monkey


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a turquoise glaze

Fritware, mould made, coated in a turquoise glaze.
Shape: squatting monkey, wearing a pointed helmet, pierced in the upper section, and holding its knees. A narrow spout protrudes from between the knees and a larger spout emerges from the upper back. Sits on a semi-oval plinth.
Decoration: coated in a turquoise glaze. Features of the monkey are moulded in relief, including face, tail and hairs on the neck. Clothing is similarly moulded and comprises a ribbed helmet with nose guard and a tunic adorned with bands on the arms. Glaze runs over the plinth unevenly.


History note: Bought from Garabed, Nov. 1934

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Oscar Raphael, 1941, received 1946

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.2 cm
Weight: 808 g
Width: 13.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Raphael, Oscar C.


Late 12th or early 13th century
Circa 1150 - 1220

School or Style


Materials used in production

turquoise, runs over the plinth unevenly Glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, coated in a turquoise glaze
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.163-1946
Primary reference Number: 140061
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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