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Figurine: C.99-2019

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, mould made, incised and painted in blue under a transparent turquoise glaze.
Shape: standing horse with mounted rider, wearing a shield on the back, and a small quadruped perched on the rump; all mounted on a rectangular plinth. The figurine is hollow, with a spout formed from the rider’s pointed hat.
Decoration: all features are moulded, blue pigment runs through the glaze. On the horse, features comprise tail, eyes and armour on the head and neck; reins connect the horse’s mouth with the saddle pommel. Details of the saddlecloth are incised under the glaze but are only visible on the left flank. Facial features and folds of a pointed hat and cloak are clearly visible on the rider, as are the bosses on his shield. The quadruped sitting on the rump is poorly defined, with facial feature barely visible, although a collar on the neck is apparent. Glaze pools on the plinth under the horse’s feet and covers the remaining area thinly.


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: 29 cm
Length: 21.7 cm
Weight: 756 g
Width: 9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 12th or early 13th century
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1220 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

blue, streaked Pigment
turquoise, pools on the plinth under the horse’s feet and covers the remaining area thinly Glaze

Techniques used in production

Fritware : Fritware, mould made, incised and painted in blue under a transparent turquoise glaze
Painting underglaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label

  • Text: 123
  • Location: Underside of plinth
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular black paper label

  • Text: 34
  • Location: Underside of plinth
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.99-2019
Primary reference Number: 71076
Previous ID: AL.56-1948
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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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