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Tile: C.25-1934

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

Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted under the glaze in blue and turquoise and over the glaze in lustre
Shape: eight pointed star shaped tile with bevelled edges
Upper surface: painted around the edge with a blue line. In the centre of the tile, two confronted birds are reserved on a lustred ground containing dots and palmettes. The birds are separated by a blue and turquoise cypress tree growing from a blue mound that overlies a fish, which is also reserved in lustre. Glaze runs over the edges unevenly\par
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 ' . WALLIS ESQ'/ printed in black 'No.' written in faded black ? ink '116'.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 0.9 cm
Height: 11.8 cm
Weight: 132 g
Width: 11.7 cm

Relative size of this object

11.7 cm11.8 cm9 mm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ central Asia

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 13th century
Circa 1350 CE - Circa 1400 1400 CE

School or Style


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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: printed in black 'LENT BY/' stamped in purple ' . WALLIS ESQ'/ printed in black 'No.' written in faded black ink '116'.
  • Location: Lower surface
  • Method of creation: Printed, stamped and written
  • Label

Inscription present: written in pencil directly on the object surface

  • Text: 116
  • Location: Lower surface
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.25-1934
Primary reference Number: 17492
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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