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Jug: C.97-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted in lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: pear shaped body, carinated at the shoulder, on a narrow, flaring foot ring. Wide cylindrical neck and plain rim; strap handle toped by a quadruped thumb rest, attached to the upper body and shoulder
Exterior: the rim is painted with a lustre band. On the neck two friezes comprise a kufic inscription, reserved on a lustred ground incised with spirals, above plamettes, also reserved in lustre. On the body, three friezes comprise palmettes and arabesques, on a background of dots and scrolls or reserved in lustre respectively and a pattern of lustre dots and scrolls. Above the foot ring a wide lustre band is painted. On the handle a cable pattern is reserved in lustre. Glaze coverage thin, particularly on the shoulder, terminates unevenly on the lower body.
Interior: lustre band continues on the rim. On the neck a kufic lustre inscription is painted on a background of lustre dots. White glaze terminates on the neck with the remaining surface covered with a thin clear 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: 22 cm
Weight: 654 g
Width: 15.7 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 - 1220 CE


Kashan style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, coverage thin, particularly on the shoulder, terminates unevenly on the lower body)
Interior Rim/neck composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Interior composed of glaze ( white, terminates on the neck with the remaining surface covered with a thin clear glaze)
Base Diameter 6.5 cm
Rim Diameter 9.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted with lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: reserved in lustre

  • Location: Exterior neck
  • Method of creation: Hand painted
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label

  • Text: 21
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: black rectangular label

  • Text: 71
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: pink rectangular label

  • Location: Loose inside vessel
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written directly onto the vessel surface

  • Text: 45/٨S
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.97-2019
Primary reference Number: 71063
Previous ID: AL.32-1948
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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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