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Ewer: C.59-2019

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze, painted in blue, turquoise and lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, coated in white glaze painted under the glaze in blue and turquoise and over the glaze in lustre.
Shape: pear shaped body on a low, flaring foot ring, a collared neck ascends to a bird\rquote s head spout. A strap handle with thumb rest is attached to the neck and body.
Exterior: the bird head spout and neck are painted with lustre, incised with features including eyes, feathers and scalloped lines. On the body two inscriptions, incised through a lustre band and delineated by blue concentric lines, frame a frieze of panels. Those panels are divided by vertical inscriptions painted in lustre and contain arabesques, painted in blue and turquoise and reserved on a lustred ground enclosing split palmettes. On the base a scalloped band and vertical dashes are painted in lustre. Handle is painted with a lustre and has an inscription incised on the exterior. The glaze terminates on the foot ring, where it covers the surface unevenly.
Interior: the rim is painted with a lustre band, glaze runs over the surface as far as is visible.


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: 22.3 cm
Weight: 430 g
Width: 13.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ central Asia

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 CE - 1220 CE


Kashan style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue, turquoise) oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, covers the surface unevenly)
Interior Rim composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Interior composed of glaze ( white, glaze runs over the surface as far as is visible)
Rim Diameter 4.4 cm
Base Diameter 7.6 cm
Rim And Neck

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Arabic, naskh script

  • Location: Body and handle
  • Method of creation: Inscribed through a lustre band
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: black rectangular paper label

  • Text: 93
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.59-2019
Primary reference Number: 71051
Old object number: AL.29-1948
Previous ID: AL.19-1983
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 6 May 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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