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Ewer: C.156-1935

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Description: fritware painted in black and blue under a turquoise glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown and hand made, painted in black and blue under a turquoise glaze
Shape: pear-shaped body leading to a cylindrical neck, narrowing onto a bird-shaped mouth. A strap handle is connected to the body and neck; sits on a low foot ring
Exterior: all decoration is painted in black, unless otherwise stated. On the body vertical bands are inscribed and flanked by diffuse lines of blue; these bands terminate in another inscribed horizontal example on the neck but also run onto the handle. Panels between the vertical bands, contain feathery scrolling vegetation, flanked by birds with long tails. Similar vegetation is painted on the lower neck, divided by a solid band from a frieze of diamond shapes, formed by four grouped dots on the upper neck. On the neck bird features are painted and highlighted with blue. Glaze terminates unevenly on the foot ring.
Interior: undecorated except for pigment on the rim running onto the interior and glaze that terminates on the neck.

Legal notes

Purchased from the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.5 cm
Weight: 618 cm
Width: 14.8 cm

Relative size of this object

14.8 cm26.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1230 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black and blue) glaze ( turquoise, terminating unevenly on the foot ring.) Interior composed of glaze ( turquoise, on neck only) Rim Diameter 4.6 cm
Base Diameter 8.3 cm
Handle Mouth

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown and hand made, painted in black and blue under a turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: hand written in pencil

  • Text: ‘38’ (encircled).
  • Location: Underside of the foot ring (exterior base)
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: hand written in blue

  • Text: a group of letters, many of which cannot be deciphered but include ‘CRL’
  • Location: Underside of the foot ring (exterior base)
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: horizontal and vertical black bands are inscribed with naskhi script

  • Location: On the body
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.156-1935
Primary reference Number: 72227
Old number: BP.38?
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 July 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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