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Tile: C.24-1934

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted in blue, turquoise and lustre

Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted under and on the glaze in blue, turquoise and lustre
Shape: star shaped tile with slightly bevelled edges
Upper surface: around the edge, reflecting the tile shape, an inscription is painted in lustre and framed with blue lines. In the centre of the tile a central hare with a dotted coat is surrounded by plump birds with outstretched wings and scrolling half palmettes, all reserved on a lustred ground incised with scrolls. Spots of turquoise pigment are present on each of the birds and the hare. Four large half palmettes, arranged symmetrically above and below the hare are outlined in blue and contain lustre scrolls and dashes.
Lower surface: undecorated


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 ESQ'/, printed in black 'No.' written in black ink 95'.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.3 cm
Length: 20.5 cm
Weight: 480 g
Width: 20.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Late
Circa 1260 CE - Circa 1299 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a nashki inscription between two blue lines

  • Location: Round the edge
  • Method of creation: In lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edges

  • Text: printed in black 'LENT BY/' stamped in purple 'H WALLIS ESQ'/, printed in black 'No.' written in black ink 95'.
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Printed, stamped and written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24-1934
Primary reference Number: 17491
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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