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Bottle: C.55-1998

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: globular body sitting on a low foot ring, cylindrical neck tapers via a carination to a narrow bead rim. A strap handle with thumb rest is attached to the neck and upper body.
Exterior: on the neck and handle a roughly painted fret pattern is enclosed above and below by a lustre panel. On the upper body an inscription is surrounded by scrolls, both painted in lustre, and enclosed above and below by bands of lustre incised with further inscriptions. On the lower body, painted in lustre, a chain stripe pattern is enclosed above and below by concentric lines. Glaze runs over the lower body, terminating in droplets.
Interior: the rim is painted with a lustre band and on the neck four spots of lustre are visible. Glaze covers the surface as far as is visible.


History note: Purportedly found in the Gurgan area; the father of Major Raymond Ades; Major Raymond Ades by whom lent to the Fitzwilliam in 1976; the Ades family

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.5 cm
Weight: 492 g
Width: 14 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ central Asia

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Acquisition and important dates

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


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


Kashan style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, runs over the lower body, terminating in droplets)
Interior Rim composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Interior composed of glaze ( white, covers the surface as far as is visible)
Rim Diameter 2.5 cm
Base Diameter 7.5 cm
Exterior Body

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted with lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: incised through a lustre band

  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: painted in lustre, surrounded by scrolls

  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: white rectangular paper label

  • Text: 39
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white rectangle with canted corners and red border, inscribed in black ink

  • Text: MAJOR\ADES\LOAN\11-1976
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.55-1998
Primary reference Number: 28806
Old loan number: AL.11-1976
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 December 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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