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Islamic pottery: C.80-2019

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze splashed under the glaze with turquoise and painted over the glaze with lustre.
Shape: biconical bowl with a plain rim, sits on a wide foot ring
Interior: on the rim a naskh inscription is incised through a lustre band. On the body and base two friezes of flying birds, in silhouette on a background of lustre scrolls, are painted above and below a kufic inscription which is reserved on a lustred ground incised with spirals. In a roundel on the base, a split palmette arabesque is also reserved on a lustred ground incised with spirals. Turquoise pigment is splashed on the base in one place.
Exterior: on the body, large palmette leaves are enclosed by lustre bands. The glaze terminates unevenly on the foot ring.


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: 13.3 cm
Weight: 940 g
Width: 26.8 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 Body composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, terminates unevenly on the foot ring)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)
Interior Base composed of pigment ( turquoise, splashed in one place)
Base Diameter 11.7 cm
Rim Diameter 26.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: incised through a lustre band

  • Location: Interior rim
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: painted in lustre

  • Location: Interior lower body
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: black rectangular label

  • Text: 49
  • Location: Exterior foot ring
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white rectangular label

  • Text: 24
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.80-2019
Primary reference Number: 71066
Previous ID: AL.41-1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 February 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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