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Bowl: C.129-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in a white glaze painted in polychrome and gilded

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted in blue, turquoise, black, red, and flesh tones and gilded.
Shape: carinated bowl with a 'T' shaped rim, sits on a low, slightly flared foot ring.
Interior: on the rim a frieze of floriated kufic divided by zig zag lines and hatched medallions, all painted in red, blue, turquoise and black. On the neck, a further floriated inscription, identical to that on the rim, is painted above a frieze of confronted, seated figures divided by leafy fronds. On the base a further pair of figures, flanked by leafy fronds, sit either side of a tree with blue and red leaves, which sprouts from a grassy mound. All the figures wear patterned robes painted in blue red or turquoise with gilded arm bands.
Exterior: a further floriated kufic inscription, identical to those on the interior, is painted on the neck. On the body turquoise tear drop medallions outlined with red alternate with blue quatrefoils.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.5 cm
Weight: 1006 g
Width: 25.5 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 or early 13th century
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1220 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( blue, turquoise, black, red, and flesh tones) gold leaf ( gilding in small areas) glaze ( white)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( red, blue, turquoise) glaze ( white, terminating unevenly on the foot ring)
Base Diameter 11.8 cm
Rim Diameter 25.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted in blue, turquoise, black, red, and flesh tones and gilded

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: floriated blue kufic script with turquoise leaves and red dots

  • Location: Rim, interior upper neck and exterior neck
  • 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), '52' hand written in black ink, ‘103’, hand written in pencil, twice (crossed through encircled in the top edge)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written directly onto the object surface

  • Text: 52
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.129-1935
Primary reference Number: 71740
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.52
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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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