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Tile: C.562-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown (Uncertain)




Earthen ware coloured with glazes that are separated by black slip, gilded

Calcareous earthenware, mould made, designs outlined in black slip and coloured with white, blue and turquoise cracked glaze, with small areas of gilding
Shape: double lozenge with straight edges
Upper surface: colours are separated by a thin black line of slip. A turquoise border frames a palmette arabesque pattern with pendant buds painted in white and turquoise on a blue background. Elements of the white palmettes are also gilded.
Underside: undecorated, uneven with plaster adhered.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.4 cm
Height: 15.2 cm
Weight: 993 g
Width: 26.2 cm

Relative size of this object

26.2 cm15.2 cm2.4 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Late 14th Century - mid 15th century
Circa 1375 CE - 1450 CE


Accessioned as Syrian but probably from central Asia

School or Style


Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of slip ( black) glaze ( white, blue, turquoise)
Decoration composed of gold leaf ( in small areas, almost worn away)

Materials used in production

calcaerous Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Calcareous earthenware, mould made, designs outlined in black slip and coloured with white, blue and turquoise cracked glaze, with small areas of gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: long rectangular label

  • Text: 12790pt/From the tomb of the Grand-Daughter of Tamerland A.D. 1445 see B. Museum/a-k
  • Location: Upper surface, near top edge
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.562-1991
Primary reference Number: 17544
Packing number: ISCER 628
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 November 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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