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Bowl: C.71-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown


  • Bowl
  • Category: Islamic pottery
  • Category: underglaze painted ware



Fritware painted in black and blue under a transparent white glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black and blue under a transparent white glaze
Shape: bi-conical bowl with a plain rim, sits on a low foot ring
Interior: a dentilated black band is painted on the rim. On the body radiating triangular panels, alternately highlighted with blue contain an inscription(scratched through the pigment) or blue arabesque respectively. Between the panels three stylised black leaf sprays are painted in a vertical linear band.
Exterior: on the rim a black band is painted, while on the body black waterweeds form a horizontal frieze. Glaze runs over the lower body and foot ring, with spots of glaze on the underside of the base.


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: 7.5 cm
Weight: 183 g
Width: 16.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1220 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( transparent, white, runs over the lower body and foot ring, with spots of glaze on the underside of the base)
Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( transparent, white)
Rim Diameter 16.6 cm
Base Diameter 6.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black and blue under a transparent white glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: inscription on the black radiating triangular panels

  • Text: “O you whose will it is to hurt me for years and months, Who are free from me and glad at my anguish? You vowed not to break your promise again, It is I who has caused this breach.”
  • Location: Interior body
  • Method of creation: Scratched through the black pigment under the glaze
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: black paper label printed in white

  • Text: "22"
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label obscured by FWM loan label, smaller rectangular label

  • Text: "...3" (printed), "Ades, 13/93" (handwritten)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed and hand written
  • Type: Labels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.71-2019
Primary reference Number: 71071
Previous ID: AL.5-1976
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 27 March 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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