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Sherd: C.1992-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware fragment, incised through a cream slip under a yellow glaze

Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl fragment with reddish body tone, coated with cream slip, incised under a yellow glaze
Shape: fragment of upper body and section of beaded rim of a round-sided vessel
Interior: yellow glaze over a dirty grey slip speckled with inclusions, the upper body decorated with upper parts of incised lettering formerly covered with a dark pigment under the glaze, with a partly visible double incised lines and scrolling arabesque band above
Exterior: barely visible vertical lines and traces of yellow glaze and cream slip on the body indicate the exterior was incised, possibly with lettering


History note: Bequeathed by Dr. J. W. L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 8 cm
Weight: 82 g
Width: 6.3 cm

Relative size of this object

6.3 cm8 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Egypt ⪼ Egypt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 13th - 14th century
Circa 1250 CE - Circa 1399 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of slip ( cream, almost all flaked off) glaze ( yellow, almost all flaked off)
Interior composed of slip ( cream) glaze ( yellow)
Rim Diameter 27 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl fragment with reddish body tone, coated with cream slip, incised under a yellow glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1992-1928
Primary reference Number: 72941
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 September 2012 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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