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Jar: C.72-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted in lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white and painted with lustre.
Shape: inverted pear shaped body, sits on a low, flaring foot ring. Cylindrical neck with a triangular rim.
Exterior: the rim is painted with lustre, while on the upper neck, shoulder and body incised lustre bands divide wider friezes. On the neck medallions containing either crosses or a palmette incised on a lustre ground. On the upper body, a kufic inscription is painted on a background of lustre spirals and sketchy half palmettes. On the lower body palmettes are painted in lustre above a solid lustre band. On the handle a chevron pattern is flanked by lustre panels. Glaze covers the surface to the lower body, terminating unevenly on the foot ring.
Interior: lustre band continues on the rim and neck above a roughly painted lustre kufic inscription. White glaze covers the upper neck with a thinner coverage of clear glaze over the remainder of the surface.


History note: Found at Gurgan

Legal notes

Accepted by HM Government under the Cultural Gifts Scheme from the Ades Family and allocated to the Fitzwilliam, 2019

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.4 cm
Weight: 852 g
Width: 15.2 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2019-07-01) by Ades Family


Early 13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1220 CE



School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, covers the surface to the lower body, terminating unevenly on the foot ring)
Interior composed of glaze ( white glaze covers the upper neck with a thinner coverage of clear glaze over the remainder of the surface)
Base Diameter 7.2 cm
Rim Diameter 7.5 cm
Interior Rim/neck

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Arabic nashkh script

  • Location: Neck, shoulder, body
  • Method of creation: Incised through a lustre band
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label

  • Text: 25
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.72-2019
Primary reference Number: 71038
Previous ID: AL.12-1976
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 February 2022 Last processed: Thursday 17 February 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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