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Bowl: C.178-1935

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Incised earthenware with cream slip under an amber glaze

Red-brown earthenware, wheel thrown, bowl with cream slip, incised painted decoration under an amber glaze.
Shape: Carinated bowl with bead rim, straight neck and a sharp carination descending onto a low foot ring.
Interior: A cream slip coats the interior with an incised scrolling pattern on the neck enclosed by concentric lines. On the body, a thickly incised radiating geometric design comprising squares enclosing opposing diagonal lines and pairs of vertical lines containing a criss-cross diagonal pattern. Incisions on the body are painted dark brown and radiate from two concentric lines in the base. An amber glaze covers the decoration and pools slightly in one area of the interior carination.
Exterior: A cream slip coats the exterior to a mid-point in the body with irregular patches over the remaining surface. The neck is decorated with an incised pattern of repeating circles enclosed above and below by concentric lines. As on the interior, incisions appear to be emphasised with brown paint. An amber glaze covers the decoration to the carination and in places runs over the lower vessel body


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.3 cm
Weight: 264 g
Width: 13.9 cm

Relative size of this object

13.9 cm5.3 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


12th-13th Century
Circa 1100 CE - 1299 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Upper Body composed of glaze ( amber) slip ( cream) Interior composed of glaze ( amber) slip ( cream) Rim Diameter 13.8 cm
Base Diameter 5.7 cm
Exterior Neck

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red-brown incised earthenware, wheel thrown, with cream slip under an amber glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rectangular paper label with serrated edge around top and right hand edge

  • Text: "LENT BY" (printed in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) /"No." (printed) 150 (hand written in black); "79 " (hand written in pencil and crossed out)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: inscribed onto vessel surface

  • Text: 150
  • Location: Lower exterior body
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.178-1935
Primary reference Number: 72606
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.150
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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