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Bowl: C.177-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, coated in a white and blue glaze decorated with blue and painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white and blue glaze decorated with blue and painted with lustre
Shape: hemispherical bowl with plain rim, sits on low, wide foot ring
Interior: on the rim a hunt scene of dogs and hares surrounded by scrolling vegetation are reserved in lustre. On the body decoration is contained by a blue line on the rim and four inter-connecting palmettes, outlined in blue, which form a star shape on the base. Reserved in lustre within these palmettes, horsemen are surrounded by scrolling half palmettes. Jewel like motifs, surrounded by dots and scrolls are painted in lustre in the spandrels between the blue palmettes, in the inter-connected sections and the star shape on the base.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a lustre band above lustre arabesques on the body. The glaze terminates unevenly on the exterior foot ring. The underside of the foot ring is lightly coated with blue glaze.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 8 cm
Weight: 336 g
Width: 20.8 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 Century
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1200 CE


Monumental style

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Underside Foot Ring composed of glaze ( blue, lightly coated)
Interior composed of pigment ( blue) oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, transparent)
Exterior Body composed of glaze ( white, terminates unevenly on the exterior foot ring)
Rim Diameter 20.8 cm
Base Diameter 7.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white and blue glaze decorated with blue pigment and painted with lustre

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '67' hand written in black ink, ‘96’, hand written in pencil (crossed through on the right hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written directly onto the object surface

  • Text: ‘67’
  • Location: Exterior foot ring
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: pink rectangular label with serrated edge

  • Text: Arabic script (undeciphered), '66'
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black, hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.177-1935
Primary reference Number: 72595
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.67
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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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