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Bowl: C.86-2019

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a cream slip painted in four colours under a clear glaze

Red earthenware, wheel thrown, on the interior coated in a cream slip, painted in brown, orange, green and cream under a clear, crazed glaze.
Shape: conical bowl on a disc base
Interior: painted on a cream slip, brown triangles and dots hang from the rim. Radiating from a rosette on the base two palmettes in green and brown incised with spirals. Between the palmettes, two Arabic inscriptions painted in orange, with brown outline and cream dots, are flanked by brown stylised flowers.
Exterior: undecorated.


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: 7.2 cm
Weight: 439 g
Width: 19.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Samarkand ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


10th Century
Circa 900 CE - 999 CE

School or Style

Sari type

Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( clear, crazed) slip ( cream, coats surface) pigment ( slip painted in brown, green, orange and cream)
Rim Diameter 19.2 cm
Base Diameter 8.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red earthenware, wheel thrown, on the interior coated in a cream slip, painted in brown, orange, green and cream under a clear, crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label

  • Text: 102
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of disc base)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.86-2019
Primary reference Number: 71100
Previous ID: AL.95-1948
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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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