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Posset pot: C.53-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware covered in a turquoise glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown with moulded handles, covered in a turquoise glaze
Shape: bulbous body narrowing to a straight, cylindrical neck and sitting on a wide foot ring. Two quadrupeds, possibly lions, with pointed ears and long tails, form opposing handles.
Exterior: undecorated except for a turquoise glaze, this covers the surface unevenly, terminating on the foot ring and with impurities creating small holes. A splash of blue partially covers a large protruding impurity at a mid-point on the body.
Interior: covered unevenly with turquoise 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: 15 cm
Weight: 735 g
Width: 20.3 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2019-07-01) by Ades Family


12th or early 13th century
Circa 1100 CE - Circa 1220 CE

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Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( covered unevenly with turquoise glaze)
Exterior Body composed of glaze ( turquoise glaze covering the surface unevenly, terminating on the foot ring)
Rim Diameter 11.7 cm
Base Diameter 9.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, probably wheel thrown with moulded handles, covered in a turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular black paper label printed in white

  • Text: ‘18’
  • Location: Underside of the foot ring
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label printed in black

  • Text: ‘60’
  • Location: Underside of the foot ring
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written in black and blue

  • Text: illegible
  • Location: Underside of foot ring
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.53-2019
Primary reference Number: 71067
Previous ID: AL.4-1976
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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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