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Bowl: C.134-1935

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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, coated in white glaze painted with red, grey and turquoise with black outlines.
Shape: carinated hemispherical bowl with a slight collar at the neck, sits on a low foot ring.
Interior: the rim is painted with a dentillated grey pattern. On the neck, grey kufic script is floriated with scrolling turquoise half palmettes on a red ground. On the body, enclosed with a roundel, a radiating panel design comprises a central star whose arms contain a turquoise naskh inscription. Between the arms triangular panels contain either arabesques or an irregular grid and lozenge pattern, both painted in grey, red, turquoise and black.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a turquoise band. On the neck, enclosed between red concentric lines, a naskh inscription is painted in turquoise and red. Glaze covers the surface to the foot ring where it terminates unevenly.


History note: Unknown before seller

Legal notes

Bought with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.7 cm
Weight: 414 g
Width: 21.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ central Asia

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

Exterior Upper Body composed of pigment ( turquoise and red with black outlines)
Interior composed of glaze ( white) pigment ( with red, grey and turquoise with black outlines)
Exterior composed of glaze ( white)
Rim Diameter 21.5 cm
Base Diameter 9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted with red, grey and turquoise with black outlines

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted overglaze in turquoise and outlined in black

  • Location: Interior body, exterior 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), '47' hand written in black ink, ‘115’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top right hand corner) and ‘107’ (crossed through on the right hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written in pencil directly onto the object surface

  • Text: 4/
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.134-1935
Primary reference Number: 71839
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.47
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Audit data

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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