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Dish: C.45-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in a white glaze and painted with lustre

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze and painted in lustre
Shape: conical dish with wide, everted rim and a low foot ring
Interior: on the rim a band of pseudo-calligraphy is enclosed within two concentric bands. On the body, emanating from a central cross with triangular arms containing lustre scrolls and peacock eyes, a spiralling vegetal design incorporating split palmettes of two kinds: small examples painted in lustre and larger examples filled with further lustre scrolls.
Exterior: a lustre band, enclosing the decoration on the interior, continues onto the exterior of the dish. White glaze covers the surface, with occasional splashes of lustre, terminating on the lower body or foot ring.

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 cm
Weight: 1721 g
Width: 36.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


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

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Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of lustre ( oxide colours, splashes) glaze ( white, terminating on the lower body or foot ring)
Interior composed of lustre ( oxide colours) glaze ( white)
Base Diameter 16.7 cm
Rim Diameter 36.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white rectangular label printed in black

  • Text: ‘72’
  • Location: Under side of the foot ring
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label
  • Text: ‘well-being’ (?)
  • Location: Interior rim
  • Method of creation: Painting
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.45-2019
Primary reference Number: 71073
Previous ID: AL.53-1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 February 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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