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Jonah and the Whale: C.28-1983

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Jonah and the Whale


Pottery: unidentified London pottery




Buff earthenware, tin-glazed white on the upper surface and painted and sponged in manganese. Within a circular medallion framed by two concentric lines, 'Jonah and the Whale'; barred ox-head corners. There is a hole in the top left and in the lower right corner.


History note: Unknown before Mrs J.C. Burkill, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J.C. Burkill

Measurements and weight

Depth: 0.8 cm
Height: 12.2 cm
Width: 12.0 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983-07-25) by Burkill, J. C., Mrs


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1730 CE - 1760 CE


The action depicted is described in the Bible, Jonah 2: 10.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese)
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.28-1983
Primary reference Number: 15535
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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