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Bowl: C.111-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in blue or white glaze painted in lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a blue or white glaze painted with lustre
Shape: hemispherical bowl with everted, slightly collared rim, sits on a foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted with a lustre band; blue pigment runs over from the exterior. Radiating panel design painted in lustre comprising blue Maltese cross containing jewel like motifs and scrolls. Between the arms of this cross panels are filled with birds in reserve, or friezes of scrolling half palmettes and dots or scrolls. Glaze covers the surface unevenly, pooling in the base and leaving areas uncovered.
Exterior: lustre continues on the rim. On the upper body an inscription is painted in lustre but this is worn off in large sections. Glaze runs over the lower body unevenly, pooling in droplets around the foot ring.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.1 cm
Weight: 448 g
Width: 22.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


Late 12th Century
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1199 CE


Monumental style

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( blue, runs over the lower body unevenly, pooling in droplets around the foot ring) oxide colours ( lustre)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, blue)
Rim Diameter 22.4 cm
Base Diameter 7.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a blue or white glaze painted with lustre

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.111-1935
Primary reference Number: 71334
Old number: BP.95
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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