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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted in blue under the glaze and lustre over the glaze
Shape: eight pointed star-shaped tile with bevelled edges
Upper surface: following the contours of the tile edge, an inscription is painted in lustre and bordered with blue or lustre lines. Painted in lustre in the centre of the tile, a palmette tree with leaves filled with dots and dashes, grows from a mound above a fish head; the ground is filled with lustre dashes. Glaze covers the surface and runs over the edges in sections.
Lower surface: undecorated except for spots of glaze.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.1 cm
Height: 15 cm
Weight: 280 g
Width: 14.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ central Asia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


13th Century, Late
Circa 1250 CE - Circa 1299 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of pigment ( blue) oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)

Materials used in production

buff Fritware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted in blue under the glaze and lustre over the glaze

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.111-1912
Primary reference Number: 17479
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 27 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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