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Ewer: C.62-2019

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with blue and lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, coated in white glaze painted under the glaze in blue and over the glaze in lustre.
Shape: pear shaped body flaring towards the rim, sits on a low foot ring. Angled spout attached to the body and a strap handle with thumb rest attached to the neck and body.
Exterior: on the rim, neck and lower body inscriptions are painted in lustre or incised through a lustre band. On the body, panels containing arabesques, surrounded by half palmettes, are reserved in lustre or painted in blue on a lustre ground containing incised scrolls and divided by vertical panels with lustre inscriptions. On the lower body, a chain stripe pattern is painted in lustre above a lustre band on the foot ring. On the spout, further palmettes are reserved in lustre, on the handle a cable pattern is painted in lustre and framed by lustre panels. Glaze terminates on the foot ring where it covers the surface unevenly.
Interior: a lustre band is painted on the rim above a calligraphic (or possibly pseudo calligraphic) band painted in lustre. Glaze terminates on the neck.


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: 17.6 cm
Weight: 554 g
Width: 15.3 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 - Circa 1220 CE


Kashan style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue) oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, terminates on the foot ring where it covers the surface unevenly)
Interior Neck/rim composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, terminates on the neck)
Rim Diameter 7.5 cm
Base Diameter 8.4 cm
Spout, Handle

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Arabic, naskh script

  • Location: Exterior neck and body
  • Method of creation: Incised through lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Arabic, kufic script

  • Location: Interior neck
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular black paper label

  • Text: 84
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.62-2019
Primary reference Number: 71056
Previous ID: AL.23-1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 February 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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