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Bowl: C.73-2019

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted with blue and lustre under or on a white glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted with blue and lustre under or on a white glaze.
Shape: carinated bowl with slightly out-turned rim, sits on a flaring foot ring
Exterior: the rim is painted with a lustre band. On the body roundels outlined in blue contain seated figures wearing doted robes reserved in lustre or lustre half-palmettes on scrolling vines surrounding a triangular container. The spandrels above and below these roundels contain triangles filled with lustre dots and scrolls. Decoration terminates in blue and lustre bands with glaze covering the surface evenly to the foot ring.
Interior: lustre band continues on the rim. On the body roughly drawn palmettes radiate from a central cross.


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: 12 cm
Weight: 525 g
Width: 19.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

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Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late
Circa 1179 CE - Circa 1199 CE


Monumental style

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue) oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, covers the surface evenly to the foot ring)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)
Rim Diameter 19.7 cm
Base Diameter 8.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: black rectangular paper label

  • Text: 81
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white paper label

  • Text: 9
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.73-2019
Primary reference Number: 71041
Old loan number: AL.81-1948
Previous ID: AL.14-1976
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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