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Bearded groom: C.587-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Bearded groom






Bearded groom. White earthenware, moulded with traces of cold paint and red pigment. The figure has a large pointed beard and a pronounced nose, and wears a hat. He is dressed in a long coat with a lapel tied at the waist with a belt, with a sash draped down his back, and long trousers. Standing upright, his right arm is raised forward with a clenched fist (it appears as though he was once holding something), and his left arm hangs down. His left leg and foot turns out. Traces of red pigment are on his coat and face, and darker pigment is on the hat.


History note: Purchased from Franck, February 1921 by Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950) for £6.10s.0d; the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.2 cm
Height: 36.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Tang Dynasty (618-907)
8th Century
Circa 700 - 800

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cold paint red pigment

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded with cold paint decoration

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: round label, with serrated edge

  • Text: 368
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pen
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 3609
  • Location: On top of base
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 36096/174
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Written
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.587-1991
Primary reference Number: 20959
Old object number: CHIWA/266
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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