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Posset-pot: C.128-1935

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted in four colours

Fritware, wheel thrown and mould made, coated in white glaze painted with red, blue, turquoise and black.
Shape: bulbous body with a cylindrical neck and plain rim, sits on a low foot ring. Opposing cheetah handles and angular spouts are attached to the upper body.
Exterior: on the rim a dentilated pattern is painted in blue. On the neck an epigraphic band is painted in blue and is interspersed with turquoise leaves and red dots. On the body arabesques of turquoise half-palmettes, sketchy blue birds and red dots covers the surface. On the cheetah handles and the spouts continuation of the patterns from the body are present, except on the head of the animals, which are painted turquoise with black lines to indicate features. Glaze covers the surface to the foot ring where it terminates unevenly.
Interior: on the neck an epigraphic band is painted in black. The surface is coated in a glaze but otherwise is undecorated.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.6 cm
Weight: 694 g
Width: 20.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late-13th Century, Early#
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1220 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior Neck composed of pigment ( black)
Exterior composed of pigment ( red, blue, turquoise and black) glaze ( white, covers the surface to the foot ring where it terminates unevenly)
Interior composed of glaze ( white)
Rim Diameter 11.4 cm
Base Diameter 8.7 cm
Handles, Spouts

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted in black over the glaze

  • Location: Interior rim
  • Method of creation: Hand painted
  • Type: Inscription

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

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '17' hand written in black ink, ‘102’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top left hand corner) and ‘704’ (crossed through on the right hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.128-1935
Primary reference Number: 71726
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.17
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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