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Bottle: C.42-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown and moulded, coated in white pitted glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: globular body, tapering towards a foot ring base. A collared neck ascending to a lobbed cup shaped mouth.
Exterior: on the rim a lustre band is incised with an inscription above lustre palmettes, while on the neck dotted ovals are reserved in lustre. On the upper body half palmettes on circling stems are reserved on a lustred ground incised with scrolls. At the mid point on the body, two bands of nashkh inscription are painted in lustre or incised through a lustre band. On the lower body a chain stripe pattern is painted in lustre above a band. Glaze covers the lower body unevenly, terminating on the foot ring.
Interior: the rim is painted with a lustre band, on the mouth a kufic inscription is painted in lustre. Glaze terminates on the mouth.


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: 25.1 cm
Weight: 749 g
Width: 16.3 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 oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, covers the lower body unevenly, terminating on the foot ring)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, terminates on the mouth)
Rim Diameter 7.2 cm
Base Diameter 8.2 cm

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.42-2019
Primary reference Number: 71058
Previous ID: AL.27-1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 February 2022 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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