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Ewer: C.411-1991

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Buff fritware with carved decoration under a green glaze

Buff fritware with carved decoration under a green glaze; probably wheel thrown in sections.
Shape: Finely potted plain rim and cylindrical neck flaring toward the mouth. More coarsely potted ovoid body sits on a low foot ring base; stub remains of a handle on the shoulder.
Exterior: A freeze of carved decoration on the shoulder incorporates Arabic script (kufic) which is interspersed with an abstract vegetal pattern. Green translucent, crazed glaze covers the vessel surface from the rim to the lower body where it gathers in drips around the base.
Interior: Green glaze is applied to the upper neck and runs down towards the body.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.4 cm
Weight: 550 g
Width: 14 cm

Relative size of this object

14 cm20.4 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1100 CE - 1199 CE

Components of the work

Exterior composed of glaze ( crazed, green, translucent) Interior Neck/rim composed of glaze ( crazed, translucent, green) Base Diameter 6 cm
Rim Diameter 7 cm
Exterior Shoulder

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel-thrown, carved with translucent green glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: foliated kufic script in a frieze around upper body

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

Inscription present: rectangular paper tie on label

  • Text: ISCER/996
  • Location: Loose inside vessel
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written on scrap of paper torn away from larger sheet

  • Text: Rayy 13th century (blue ink); 18 (pencil)
  • Location: Inside vessel
  • Method of creation: Blue ink, pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.411-1991
Primary reference Number: 28932
Packing number: ISCER 996
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 June 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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