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Bowl: C.122-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with blue and white glaze painted in lustre

Buff fritware, mould made, with blue and white crazed glazes painted with a yellow-brown lustre.
Shape: hexagonal or star shaped dish with bead rim, lobbed body with carination descending onto a flat base sitting on a foot ring.
Interior: the rim is painted in lustre with blue colouring which has run from the external glaze. The lip is painted with scrolling leaves in lustre. The lobes on the body are decorated, alternately, with palmette leaves painted in reserve against a lustred background or jewel like motif surrounded by scrolling foliage painted in lustre. The central decoration is enclosed within a lobed cartouche, painted in reserve against a lustred background. A seated figure is depicted wearing a headdress and a robe decorated with groups of three dots, in his right hand he holds an object, possibly a vessel. Scrolling leaves and vines occupy the background around the figure.
Exterior: a blue glaze covers the exterior and runs unevenly over the foot ring. The rim is painted with a band of lustre and on the upper body Arabic script (cursive) is painted.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.4 cm
Weight: 409 g
Width: 20.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late
Circa 1179 CE - 1198 CE

School or Style

Monumental style

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( blue, crazed)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, crazed)
Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Rim Diameter 20.2 cm
Base Diameter 8.9 cm
Exterior Upper Body

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, with blue and white crazed glazes painted with a yellow-brown lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: on the upper body script is painted in lustre in a free hand style, forming a concentric frieze

  • Location: Exterior upper body
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom

  • Text: "LENT BY" (printed in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) /"No." (printed) "78" (hand written in black); "68 " (hand written in pencil and crossed out)
  • Location: Inside foot
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label underlies the Brangwyn label, it is inscribed in blank ink, possibly in Arabic

  • Text: illegible
  • Location: Inside foot
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.122-1935
Primary reference Number: 71618
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.78
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 29 June 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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