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Bowl: C.65-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in a white glaze painted in polychrome

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white with red, blue, turquoise, grey, black and flesh tones.
Shape: bi-conical bowl with a plain rim, sits on a foot ring
Interior: the rim is painted with a dentailated pattern in grey. On the neck a floriated kufic inscription is reserved in red, turquoise and blue and separated by roundels containing a blue arabesque reserved on a red ground. The roundel on the base is enclosed by a further frieze of small medallions, containing palmettes reserved in green or grey, separated by red lozenges. On the base, contained within a scalloped roundel, a horseman wearing a red tunic is mounted on a blue stead and surrounded by scrolling palmettes, all reserved on a turquoise ground.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a turquoise concentric line. On the body, a grey lozenge pattern, dotted with red and turquoise, encloses a kufic inscription floriated with red and separated by turquoise medallions containing red stylised birds. Glaze terminates unevenly 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: 9.4 cm
Weight: 379 g
Width: 19.8 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

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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 1170 CE - Circa 1220 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( red, blue, turquoise, grey, black and flesh tones) glaze ( white)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( red, turquoise, grey, black) glaze ( white, terminates unevenly on the foot ring)
Rim Diameter 19.8 cm
Base Diameter 8.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white with red, grey, blue, turquoise, black and flesh tones

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: outlined in black, reserved in red, turquoise and blue, floriated kufic

  • Location: Interior neck
  • Method of creation: Hand painted
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: turquoise, outlined in black

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

Inscription present: white rectangular paper label

  • Text: 103
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: black rectangular paper label

  • Text: 95
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed in white
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.65-2019
Primary reference Number: 71093
Previous ID: AL.77-1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 February 2022 Last processed: Monday 7 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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