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Bottle: C.154-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in a white glaze and painted in lustre

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted in brown lustre
Shape: globular body, slightly carinated at the shoulder and lower body sitting on a foot ring base. Inverted pear shaped neck with flaring rim.
Exterior: the rim (reconstructed) is painted with an imitation lustre band. The remaining surface is divided into decorative friezes, separated by lustre bands and all painted in lustre unless otherwise stated. On the neck, an initial frieze of pseudo-calligraphy is divided by panels of dots and dashes, followed by two friezes of tear-drop cartouche containing cypress trees and finally a chequer-board pattern containing dotted lines and scrolls. On the shoulder, a band of running quadrupeds is reserved in lustre above a nashki inscription. On the body, floriated kufic script (or pseudo-script) are reserved in lustre, framing a frieze of mounted riders separated by chequer board trees. On the lower body, an arabesque pattern is divided by stylised trees. Glaze terminates unevenly on the lower body or foot ring.
Interior: visible surface is glazed.

Legal notes

Purchased from the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.5 cm
Weight: 1134 g
Width: 19.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 12th Century
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1199 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of oxide colour ( brown) glaze ( white, terminating unevenly on the lower body or foot ring.)
Interior composed of glaze ( white)
Base Diameter 10.3 cm
Rim Diameter 3.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted in brown lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Two bands of kufic style script appear painted upside down, reserved in lustre and floriated.

  • Location: Framing the central decorative frieze on the body
  • Method of creation: Painting
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: a band of naskhi script is painted in lustre

  • Location: Shoulder
  • Method of creation: Painting
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: two inscriptions hand written in black pencil

  • Text: ‘100’ encircled and ‘33’
  • Location: Underside of the foot ring
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.154-1935
Primary reference Number: 72190
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 July 2018 Last processed: Thursday 17 February 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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