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Ewer: C.95-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted in blue and lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted under the glaze with blue and over the glaze with lustre.
Shape: bulbous body tapering to a foot ring base and carinated at the shoulder leading to a flaring tubular neck. Strap handle with thumb rest is attached to the neck and shoulder.
Exterior: three bands of lustre on the rim, shoulder and lower body divide the surface into three friezes. On the neck a lustre cable pattern is painted above a frieze of birds and blue half palmettes reserved on a lustre ground incised with scrolls. On the body, palmettes and half pamettes, painted in blue and reserved on a lustre ground incised with scrolls, is divided by vertical panels of epigraphy painted in lustre. On the lower body, a chain stripe pattern is painted in lustre. The handle is painted with a lustre cable pattern, framed by solid lustre panels. Glaze runs over the foot ring unevenly.
Interior: lustre paint runs onto the rim and glaze covers the upper 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: 21 cm
Weight: 475 g
Width: 14.3 cm

Relative size of this object

14.3 cm21 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ central Asia

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 13th Century
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, runs over the foot ring unevenly)
Interior Rim composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Interior Neck composed of glaze ( white, covers the upper neck)
Rim Diameter 3.1 cm
Base Diameter 8.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted under the glaze with blue and over the glaze with lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: hand written, incised through a lustre band

  • Location: Exterior rim, shoulder, lower body
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: black rectangular label

  • Text: 85
  • Location: Lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white rectangular label

  • Text: 16
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.95-2019
Primary reference Number: 71057
Previous ID: AL.24-1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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