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Ewer: C.108-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, moulded and incised, coated in a white glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown with a moulded neck and incised body, coated in a white glaze
Shape: cylindrical body, tapering towards a low foot ring at the base and ascending via a carination to a moulded, collared neck with a protruding spout. A strap handle with thumb rest is applied to the neck and body.
Exterior: poorly defined moulded decoration on the neck. Lightly incised scrolling on the shoulder, while on the upper body similar scrolling lines are interspersed with scalloped and curved lines. Glaze terminates unevenly on the foot ring.
Interior: undecorated except for surface glaze.


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: 27.3 cm
Weight: 553 g
Width: 12 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 12th or early 13th century
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1258 CE

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Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( white, terminating unevenly on the foot ring.)
Interior composed of glaze ( white)
Base Diameter 7.6 cm
Rim Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, wheel thrown with a moulded neck and incised body, coated in a white glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular black paper label printed in white

  • Text: ‘2’.
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label printed in black

  • Text: ‘82’.
  • Location: Underside of the foot ring
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Oval cream paper label printed in black

  • Text: ‘ORIENTAL CERAMIC SOCY. / 19… / EXHIB'N.’ (printed) and ‘50’ after the printed ‘19’ (hand written in black), with ‘47’ in the centre
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.108-2019
Primary reference Number: 71054
Previous ID: AL.2-1983
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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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