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Bowl: C.141-1935

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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 with dark red, blue, turquoise, black and gilded.
Shape:carinated bowl with collared neck, sits on a slightly flaring foot ring base.
Interior: on the neck a kufic inscription is painted in blue and surrounded by turquoise leaves and red dots. On the body two mounted horsemen, wearing headdresses and tunics with gilding, are confronted either side of a cypress tree surrounded by leafy fronds dotes with blue and red. Above and below the horsemen pairs polychrome birds are painted.
Exterior: on the upper body a cursive inscription is painted in black. Glaze covers the surface unevenly, terminating unevenly on the foot ring.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.4 cm
Weight: 242 g
Width: 16.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ cetnral 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 Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( white, terminating unevenly on the foot ring)
Interior composed of gold leaf ( gilding in small areas) pigment ( red, blue, turquoise, black) glaze ( white)
Rim Diameter 16.8 cm
Base Diameter 7.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

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

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

Inscription present: painted in black, naskhi script

  • Location: Exterior neck
  • Method of creation: Hand painted
  • Type: Label

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

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '156' hand written in black ink, ‘116’ (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 directly onto object surface

  • Text: 156
  • Location: Lower body
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.141-1935
Primary reference Number: 71947
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.156
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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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