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Bottle: C.119-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Unknown (Potter)


Fritware coated in a white glaze painted in lustre

Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted in lustre
Shape: bulbous, roughly spherical body with cylindrical collared neck ascending onto a lobbed cup shape mouth. Sits on a wide, slightly flaring foot ring.
Exterior: the rim is painted with semi-circles in lustre, while on the mouth lobes are painted with human faces. On the body four large circular medallions contain seated figures wearing dotted robes on a lustred ground containing lobbed leaves. These medallions are painted on a background of scrolling stems and half-palmettes, a pattern which is mirrored on the neck. An irregular line of blue is painted on the lower body. Glaze runs over the lower body, terminating unevenly on the foot ring.
Interior: lustre decoration continues on the rim. The mouth is partially glazed, otherwise undecorated.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 30.9 cm
Weight: 1026 g
Width: 19.2 cm

Relative size of this object

19.2 cm30.9 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

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


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, runs over the lower body, terminating unevenly on the foot ring) Interior Rim composed of oxide colours ( lustre) Interior Mouth composed of glaze ( white, partially glazed) Base Diameter 10.6 cm
Rim Diameter 8.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted in lustre

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '34' hand written in black ink, ‘93’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top right hand corner)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written directly onto the vessel surface

  • Text: 34
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: pink rectangular label with serrated edge

  • Text: Arabic script
  • Location: Lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.119-1935
Primary reference Number: 71498
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD
Old number: BP.34
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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