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Bowl: C.50-2019

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in white and blue glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in cracked white and blue glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with plain rim, sits on a low foot ring
Interior: the rim is painted with a band of lustre. On the body, a radiating panel design comprises a blue Maltese cross painted with lustre jewel like motifs, lines and dashes. Between the arms of this cross panels contain either a seated figure with dotted coat reserved in lustre, or friezes of pseudo calligraphy and dotted scrolls.
Exterior: lustre band continues on the rim, on the upper body an inscription is painted in lustre. Glaze covers the surface unevenly leaving significant pitting and pooling on the foot ring.


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: 6.6 cm
Weight: 230 g
Width: 16.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

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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


Monumental style

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( blue, covers the surface unevenly leaving significant pitting and pooling on the foot ring) oxide colours ( lustre)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, blue, crazed)
Rim Diameter 16.9 cm
Base Diameter 7.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in cracked white and blue glaze painted with lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Arabic script painted on the glaze

  • Location: Exterior upper body
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label

  • Text: 88
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.50-2019
Primary reference Number: 71091
Previous ID: AL.75-1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 6 May 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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