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Bowl: C.52-1998

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue and black under a transparent white glaze

Fritware bowl, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a transparent white glaze.
Shape: carinated bowl with a slightly out-turned rim, sits on a narrow, slightly flaring foot ring base
Interior: a blue line is painted on the rim. On the body a complex arabesque pattern, incorporating palmettes and split leaves, radiates from a star shaped rosette on the base.
Exterior: on the rim and neck a blue band is outlined in black and painted in black with an inscription. On the body black T-shaped arabesques alternate with blue and black palmettes above a black band. Glaze covers the foot ring unevenly, including the underside with the exception of the rim of the foot ring.


History note: Purportedly from the Gurgan area; the father of Major Raymond Ades; Major Raymond Ades; the Ades family, by whom lent in 1983.

Legal notes

Given by the Ades family to the commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.8 cm
Weight: 405 g
Width: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1998-11-23) by Ades Family


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1220 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of painting underglaze ( black, blue)
Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( transparent, white)
Exterior composed of glaze ( transparent, white, covers the foot ring unevenly)
Rim Diameter 20.5 cm
Base Diameter 7.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a transparent white glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular black paper label

  • Text: 26
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label

  • Text: 95
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: oval paper label

  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed and hand written in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white rectangle with former loan number

  • Text: AL9/1983
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.52-1998
Primary reference Number: 28799
Old object number: AL.9-1983
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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