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Bowl: C.63-2019

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with slightly everted rim, sits on a foot ring.
Interior: the rim is painted with a band of lustre. On the body, a frieze of jewel like motifs is interspersed at regular intervals with scrolls and dots. In the roundel, two opposing birds with heads facing their tails are outlined with a thick line of lustre and surrounding by scrolling half palmettes.
Exterior: the lustre band continues on rim. On the body an inscription is painted in lustre. Glaze covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring, a thinner coverage on the underside.


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: 6.4 cm
Weight: 213 g
Width: 16 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Find spot

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1199 CE


Monumental style

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)
Exterior Body composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Exterior composed of glaze ( white, covers the surface except for the rim of the foot ring, a thinner coverage on the underside)
Rim Diameter 16 cm
Base Diameter 5.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Arabic script

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

Inscription present: rectangular paper label

  • Text: ‘107’
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.63-2019
Primary reference Number: 71069
Previous ID: AL.47-1948
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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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