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Bowl: C.124-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white and colourless glaze, painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white and colourless glaze, painted wth lustre
Shape: hemispherical bowl with plain rim, sits on a wide foot ring
Interior: on the body four panels contain seated figures wearing dotted robes and surrounded by half palmettes, all reserved in lustre. These panels are divided by vertical bands containing jewel like motifs surrounded by dots and dashes, all painted in lustre. In the roundel a circular chequer board pattern is dotted around the edge. An impurity in the glaze has resulted in pitting in one area.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a band of lustre above simple lustre palmettes on the body. Glaze covers the surface terminating unevenly on the foot ring. The underside of the foot ring is coated with a thin layer of colourless glaze.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.2 cm
Weight: 201 g
Width: 16.7 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


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, covers the surface terminating unevenly on the foot ring)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)
Exterior Foor Ring composed of glaze ( thin layer of colourless glaze)
Rim Diameter 16.7 cm
Base Diameter 6.4 cm
Exterior Foot Ring

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white and colourless 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), '98' hand written in black ink, ‘98’, hand written in pencil (twice)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written directly onto vessel surface

  • Text: 98
  • Location: Exterior foot ring
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: pink rectangular label with serrated edge

  • Text: Arabic script
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.124-1935
Primary reference Number: 71652
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BR.98
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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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