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Ewer: C.88-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, coated in white glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: globular body, with attached long tubular angled spout, tapering towards a low foot ring. Slightly flared neck and triangular rim with a strap handle with thumb rest attached to the neck and body.
Exterior: rim and upper neck are painted with bands of lustre, the latter inscribed. The lower neck is painted with a chain stripe pattern. The body is divided into five panels with smaller epigraphic or pseudo epigraphic bands either painted or reserved in lustre framing two broader friezes. On the upper body the broad frieze contains scrolling half plamettes on a lustred ground containing incised scrolls. On the lower body palmettes, with triangular spandrels above and below are painted in lustre. The spout is painted with lustre and the handle is painted with a cable pattern framed with lustre bands. Glaze covers the surface to the foot ring where it terminates unevenly.
Interior: the rim is painted with a lustre band; the interior neck is coated thinly with glaze.


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: 23 cm
Weight: 698 g
Width: 15.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1220 CE


Kashan style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, covers the surface to the foot ring where it terminates unevenly)
Interior Rim composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Interior Neck composed of glaze ( white, coated thinly with glaze)
Rim Diameter 5 cm
Base Diameter 8.5 cm
Neck, Handle, Spout

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: undeciphered

  • Text: Arabic script (cursive)
  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre, incised through a lustre band
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: black rectangular paper label

  • Text: 66
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white rectangular paper label

  • Text: 30
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.88-2019
Primary reference Number: 71099
Previous ID: AL.9-1976
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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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