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Posset pot: C.43-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted in lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, coated in white glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: bulbous body ascending onto a cylindrical neck and plain rim, sits on a low foot ring. Opposing cheetah handles and angular spouts are attached to the upper body.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a lustre band. On the neck a frieze of hares are reserved on a lustred ground incised with spirals, painted above a lustre inscription. On the body, vertical panels contain either stylised arabesques flanked by birds on a background of lustre scrolls, or further hares reserved in lustre. On the lower body a chain stripe pattern is painted in lustre. Glaze covers the surface to the lower body and foot ring where it terminates unevenly.
Interior: a lustre band continues on the rim, on the neck a calligraphic band is painted in lustre. On the base a rosette with radiating lines is painted in lustre but unglazed. Glaze covers the surface to the upper body where it terminates unevenly.


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: 14 cm
Weight: 666 g
Width: 19.9 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 surface to the lower body and foot ring where it terminates unevenly)
Interior Neck / Base composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Interior Upper Body composed of glaze ( white)
Rim Diameter 10.8 cm
Base Diameter 9.1 cm
Handles, Spout
Interior Base
Interior Neck

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted in lustre

  • Location: Exterior neck
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: painted in lustre

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

Inscription present: black paper rectangular label

  • Text: 75
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white paper rectangular label

  • Text: 41
  • 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.43-2019
Primary reference Number: 71064
Previous ID: AL.34-1948
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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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