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Figurine: C.57-2019

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: standing bull with curled horns, mounted on a plinth. A spout at the mouth and on the back, a handle attached to the rear spout and head.
Decoration: on the head and horns a muzzle covers the area leaving small white panels for the eyes, which are painted in fine lines. The handle attaches to this muzzle giving the appearance of a restraint. The body and legs are divided into panels by thick lines of lustre that are painted on area of relief moulding to form a harness and saddle cloth. Large circles are drawn on a background of dots and dashes within those panels, except in the semi-ovals beneath the saddle cloth, where a quadruped is reserved on a lustred ground incised with spirals. The glaze covers the plinth unevenly and there is a roughly drawn dotted circle in the centre.


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: 18.5 cm
Weight: 414 g
Width: 15.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1200 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label

  • Text: 5
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular black paper label

  • Text: 39
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: oval paper label, printed and hand written in black

  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.57-2019
Primary reference Number: 71040
Previous ID: AL.13-1983
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 23 November 2023 Last processed: Thursday 23 November 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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