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Bowl: C.131-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with three colours

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white crazed glaze painted in turquoise, grey red and black.
Shape: carinated bowl with a collared neck, sits on a slightly flared foot ring
Interior: the rim is painted with a grey dentillated pattern. On the neck, contained by red concentric lines, a lozenge pattern is painted in grey enclosing red or turquoise dots. On the base, enclosed within a roundel, a central rosette and radiating arabesques are painted in turquoise, black, red and grey.
Exterior: on the neck a naskh inscription is painted in black. Glaze runs over the surface, terminating on the foot ring unevenly.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.3 cm
Weight: 417 g
Width: 21.4 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

Exterior Upper Body composed of pigment ( black)
Interior composed of pigment ( turquoise, grey red and black) glaze ( white)
Exterior Body composed of glaze ( white, runs over the surface, terminating on the foot ring unevenly)
Rim Diameter 21.4 cm
Base Diameter 8.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Fritware : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white crazed glaze painted in turquoise, grey red and black

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: hand painted in black

  • Location: 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), '76' hand written in black ink, ‘105’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top edge)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.131-1935
Primary reference Number: 71774
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BR.76
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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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