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Tile: OC.5-1940

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Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted with lustre
Shape: eight pointed star tile with bevelled edges
Upper surface: seated figure with dotted coat surrounded by scrolling half palmettes and a border reflecting the tile shape, all reserved in lustre. Glaze runs over the edges.
Lower surface: undecorated except for spots of lustre and glaze.


History note: Acquired as from the Ali Kapi at Isfahan, but in 1951 the donor's son said they came from the Mosque at Tabriz. (old slip)

Legal notes

Given by G.D. Hornblower, O.B.E.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.5 cm
Height: 14 cm
Weight: 275 g
Width: 14.2 cm

Relative size of this object

14.2 cm14 cm1.5 cm 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 ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1940) by Hornblower, G. D., OBE


Late 12th Century
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1199 1199 CE

School or Style

Monumental style

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Upper Surface: composed of oxide colours ( brown lustre) glaze ( white, covers the upper surface and runs over the edges and has a spot of turquoise, possibly from another object fired in the same kiln)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.5-1940
Primary reference Number: 17502
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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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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Tile" Web page available at: Accessed: 2021-11-27 22:51:57

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