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Bottle: C.105-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Unknown (Potter)


Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with lustre and turquoise

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted with lustre and splashed with turquoise pigment.
Shape: globular body, carinated at the shoulder and lower body sitting on a foot ring base. Inverted pear shaped neck with flaring rim.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a lustre band. On the neck four friezes comprise running quadrupeds above palmette leaves and arabesques, both reserved in lustre; while patterns of lustre dots and lines cover the lower surface. On the body a central frieze of mounted horsemen, reserved in lustre medallions, are separated by sketch arabesques. Above this central frieze sphinx are reserved in lustre below further sketchy arabesques. Below the central frieze a band of irregular triangles are painted above vertical panels of dots and scrolling lines. Turquoise pigment is splashed under the glaze on the body. Glaze covers the lower body unevenly, terminating on the foot ring.
Interior: the rim is painted with lustre, a thin glaze covers the surface as far as is visible.


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: 31.5 cm
Weight: 980 g
Width: 18.8 cm

Relative size of this object

18.8 cm31.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 12th Century
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1199 CE


Miniature style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) pigment ( splashed with turquoise under the glaze) glaze ( white, covers the lower body unevenly, terminating on the foot ring) Interior Rim composed of oxide colours ( lustre) Interior composed of glaze ( white, as far as is visible but unlikely to cover whole surface) Base Diameter 10 cm
Rim Diameter 4 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular black paper label

  • Text: 41
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label

  • Text: 68
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Oval cream paper label

  • Text: ORIENTAL CERAMIC SOC. / 19… / EXHIBITN (printed), ‘108’ (hand written), ‘50’ (hand written after printed '19')
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.105-2019
Primary reference Number: 71088
Previous ID: AL.7-1976
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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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