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Beaker: C.2-1926

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Current Location: Gallery 33


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Frtiware painted in three colourless under a colourless glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue, black and dark red under a crazed, colourless glaze
Shape: cylindrical body flaring outwards toward the rim, sits on a carved disk base
Exterior: under the rim a band of calligraphy is outlined in black and reserved in blue. On the body seated human figures in a Persian style are separated by fern fronds. Glaze covers the surface to the edge of the base.
Interior: a "kufesque" band is outlined in black and reserved in blue under the rim.


History note: From the rubbish heaps of Fustat

Legal notes

Given by G.D. Hornblower

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 cm
Weight: 293 g
Width: 11.5 cm

Relative size of this object

11.5 cm13 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1926) by Hornblower, G. D., OBE


13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1299 CE


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Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue, red) Interior Neck composed of pigment ( black, blue) Exterior composed of glaze ( colourless, covers the surface to the edge of the base) Interior composed of glaze ( colourless, crazed) Rim Diameter 11.5 cm
Base Diameter 5.8 cm

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Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue, black and dark red under a crazed, colourless glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-1926
Primary reference Number: 73194
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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