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Bottle: C.96-2019

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, coated in white glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: globular body, descending onto a foot ring. Collared neck and cup-shaped, lobed mouth.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a lustre band; on the mouth and neck, friezes of chain stripe pattern are divided by further lustre bands. On the body vertical lustre stripes radiate between a lustre band on the lower and upper body, the latter is inscribed with naskh script. Glaze covers the surface to the lower body and foot ring where is terminates unevenly.
Interior: the rim is painted with a lustre band and on the neck a kufic inscription is painted in lustre. Glaze covers the mouth only.


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: 26 cm
Weight: 788 g
Width: 15.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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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

Interior Mouth composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, covers the mouth only)
Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, covers the surface to the lower body and foot ring where is terminates unevenly)
Rim Diameter 6.7 cm
Base Diameter 8.4 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: incised through a lustre band

  • Location: Upper body exterior
  • Method of creation: Inscised
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label

  • Text: 67
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.96-2019
Primary reference Number: 71059
Previous ID: AL.30-1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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