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Sherd: C.18.2-1948

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Five earthenware fragments, all incised through cream slips under yellow glazes, enhanced with green, light brown, and dark brown pigments

Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl fragments with reddish body tones, coated with cream slips and incised under yellow glazes, enhanced with green, light brown, and dark brown pigments
Shape: base, short foot ring, and part of body wall of a hemispherical bowl
Interior: over a pinkish slip, an incised circle around the base encloses a blazon design of a pair of polo sticks painted with light brown, above a double incised line painted green, the lower body undecorated apart from two isolated areas of incised calligraphy, and the whole covered in a coating of yellow glaze
Exterior: yellow glaze over a thin layer of pinkish slip, also coating the outside and underside of the foot ring, undecorated
Shape: fragment of carinated lower body of a straight-sided vessel
Interior: yellow glaze applied over a cream slip, on the lower body a double incised line forms a circular medallion showing the lower part of a fleur de lys type motif on a densely spiralling scribbled ground
Exterior: yellow glaze applied thinly over a thin pinkish slip
Shape: base and section of carinated lower body standing on a straight-sided foot ring
Interior: under a yellow glaze, an interweaving six-pointed star pattern is incised through cream slip over the curving base, the interstices enhanced with light brown, dark brown and green pigments, and the whole enclosed by a double line encircling the base
Exterior: yellow glaze over a pinkish slip, undecorated
Shape: fragment of an upper body and invertedrim
Interior: yellow glaze over a cream slip, under the rim which is enhanced by a band of brown pigment, a band of s-shaped motifs alternately enhanced with dark brown glaze and thicker layer of slip creating a relief effect and paler tone under the glaze is enclosed by two incised double lines, above an area of incised calligraphy decorated with dots between the uprights, the body of the letters and dots enhanced with extra slip
Exterior: yellow glaze over cream slip, decorated with a band of calligraphy infilled with light brown pigment with incised dots around the letters enhanced with extra slip to produce a paler colour and relief effect.
Shape: base and part of lower body standing on a short, flaring foot ring
Interior: under a yellow glaze applied over a cream slip, an incised eight-pointed rosette on the base is surrounded by an interwoven basket pattern, the whole over a ground of densely scribbled spirals
Exterior: yellow glaze with some splashes of dark brown pigment over a cream slip, running under the foot ring also.


History note: From Farouk I University Alexandria

Place(s) associated

  • Egypt ⪼ Egypt

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Unknown (1948) by Farouk I University, Alexandria, Egypt


13th Century, Late-14th Century
Circa 1250 CE - Circa 1399 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of slip ( cream, pinkish) pigment ( light brown) glaze ( yellow)
Interior composed of slip ( cream) pigment ( green, light brown and dark brown) glaze ( yellow)
Rim E Diameter 30 cm
Foot Ring D Diameter 6.8 cm
Foot Ring A Diameter 7.3 cm
Foot Ring Unnumbered Diameter 8.9 cm
Whole Unnumbered Height 3.4 cm Weight 127 g Width 10.5 cm
Whole D Height 4.5 cm Weight 179 g Width 11.8 cm
Whole B Height 5.5 cm Weight 59 g Width 9.0 cm
Whole A Height 6.7 cm Weight 361 g Width 15 cm
Whole E Height 7.4 cm Weight 56 g Width 8.6 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.18.2-1948
Primary reference Number: 72651
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 September 2012 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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