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Jar: C.125-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted in lustre
Shape: cylindrical jar with lobbed body, straight neck and a bead rim. Sits on a thick, wide foot ring.
Exterior: rim is painted with lustre. On the neck a hunt scene of running quadrupeds, including hares and dogs, is reserved on a lustred ground that also contains fleshy palmettes. On the body lozenge or rectangular shape moulded lobes are filled with a geometrical pattern of seated figures, birds or palmettes, all of which are reserved in lustre; these alternate with arabesques painted in lustre. Spandrels around the palmettes and on the shoulder are filled with lustre scrolls.
Interior: lustre paint continues on the rim. The remainder of the vessel is covered with a blue glaze that is painted with a pseudo inscription in lustre on the neck.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 30.6 cm
Weight: 1634 g
Width: 19.1 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 1200 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( blue)
Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)
Interior Neck composed of painting overglaze ( lustre)
Rim Diameter 10.7 cm
Base Diameter 12 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, bottom and right hand

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '29' hand written in black ink, ‘100’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top right hand corner)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written directly onto the object surface

  • Text: 29
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: pink rectangular paper label with serrated edges

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.125-1935
Primary reference Number: 71670
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BR.29
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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