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Jar: C.55-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, carved under a turquoise glaze

Fritware, wheel-thrown, carved under a turquoise glaze
Shape: cylindrical jar, flaring slightly towards a carination on the shoulder and a collared neck, terminating in a bead rim. Sits on a low, wide foot ring.
Exterior: on the upper body, a kufic style inscription is carved in a horizontal band. Glaze terminates unevenly on the lower body or foot ring.
Interior: glaze covers the surface unevenly.


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: 22.6 cm
Weight: 884 g
Width: 13.4 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century-13th Century, Early
Circa 1100 CE - Circa 1220 CE

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Components of the work

Exterior composed of glaze ( turquoise, terminating unevenly on the lower body or foot ring)
Interior composed of glaze ( turquoise)
Base Diameter 9 cm
Rim Diameter 9 cm
Exterior Body

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel-thrown, carved under a turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label printed in black

  • Text: ‘53'
  • Location: Underside of the foot ring
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Oval cream paper label printed in black

  • Text: ‘ORIENTAL CERAMIC SOC. / 19… / EXHIBITN’ ‘63’ (hand written in black in the centre); ‘50’ (after the printed ‘19’)
  • Location: Underside of foot ring
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Inscription directly onto the object surface in black

  • Text: ‘P’
  • Location: Underside of the foot ring
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.55-2019
Primary reference Number: 71080
Previous ID: AL.6-1983
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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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