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Tile: C.23-1934

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Possibly Ali ibn Muhammad (Potter)


Fritware painted in blue, turquoise and lustre under or on a white glaze

Pinkish fritware, mould made; the upper surface decorated in blue and turquoise under a white glaze onto which brown lustre is painted.
Shape: eight pointed star-shaped tile
Decoration: around the exterior, contained within blue lines nashki script is painted in lustre. In the centre, reserved in lustre, two birds perch back to back in a paradise tree highlighted in blue and turquoise against a background of dotted scrolls. Beneath the tree a stylised fish is also reserved in lustre against an identical background.


History note: From the collection of the late Henry Wallis. On the back there is a rectangular label printed in black 'LENT BY/' stamped in purple 'H WALLIS ES'/ printed in black 'No.' written in black ink '89'.

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Given by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.3 cm
Width: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1934-02-27) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Second half of 13th century
Production date: May-June AD 1267

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pinkish fritware, mould made; the upper surface painted in blue and turquoise under a white glaze onto which is painted in brown lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a nashki inscription

  • Location: Round the edge
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: printed in black 'LENT BY/' stamped in purple 'H WALLIS ES'/ printed in black 'No.' written in black ink '89'
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Printed, stamped and written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23-1934
Primary reference Number: 17489
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Saturday 27 March 2021

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

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