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Bowl: C.116-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in a white glaze painted under or over the glaze with blue and lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted under or over the glaze with blue and lustre.
Shape: hemispherical bowl, sits on a low foot ring
Interior: rim is painted with a lustre band. On the body a frieze of horizontal bands of blue and lustre, topped with vertical dashes, alternate with dotted lustre stars. On the base a bird is reserved in lustre, a lustre scroll is painted on the right hand side.
Exterior: lustre band continues on the rim, on the upper body an inscription is painted in lustre. Glaze covers the lower body unevenly, running onto the foot ring in places.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.8 cm
Weight: 79 g
Width: 10.2 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

Interior composed of pigment ( blue) oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)
Exterior Upper Body composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Exterior Body composed of glaze ( white, covers the lower body unevenly, running onto the foot ring in places)
Rim Diameter 10.2 cm
Base Diameter 4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted on the glaze

  • Text: Arabic script
  • Location: Exterior upper body
  • Method of creation: Hand painted
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge

  • Text: 'Lent by' (printed in black), 'Brangwyn' (typed in black), '126' (hand written in black), ‘25’ (hand written in pencil, crossed through on the right hand side), ‘33’ (hand written in pencil, encircled on left hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.116-1935
Primary reference Number: 71438
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.126
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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