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Bowl: C.123-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted with lustre.
Shape: biconical bowl with a plain rim, sits on a foot ring
Interior: on the rim is painted with arabesques flanked by stylised birds. On the body, a frieze of mounted horsemen are separated by checker board trees. In the roundel, two seated opposing figures flanked by chequer board trees and framed above by birds and below by fishes.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a lustre band. On the body scrolling arabesques are divided by vertical lines, further scrolls are painted on the lower body. Glaze runs over the surface, ending unevenly on the foot ring.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.3 cm
Weight: 423 g
Width: 21.8 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


Miniature style

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)
Exterior Body composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Exterior composed of glaze ( white, runs over the surface, ending unevenly on the foot ring)
Rim Diameter 21.8 cm
Base Diameter 8.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: hand written directly on object surface

  • Text: 51
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.123-1935
Primary reference Number: 71633
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.51?
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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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