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Plate: C.23-1996

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Ἁli Mohammed Isfahani (Possibly, or one of his follow)




Fritware painted in four colours under a colourless glaze, white on exterior

Fritware, probably mould made, painted in black, blue, yellow, pink and turquoise under a slightly pitted and cracked colourless glaze coloured white on the exterior.
Shape:wide flange rim descends via a carination onto a shallow convex body sitting on a low foot ring
Interior : the rim is painted with a blue line above a split leaf palmette border reserved in black. On the body, reserved in blue, three figures are outlined in black wearing long robes with floral patterns in yellow, pink or turquoise. The central female figure wears a hijab, while the flanking male figures wear turbans; one of them plays a lute. Painted in the background, rocky outcrops some with floral sprays. A scar mark on the rim indicates contact with another object in the kiln.
Exterior: undecorated except for a white glaze, this covers the surface unevenly except for the rim of the foot ring.

Legal notes

Given by Mr Phillip McClean

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.3 cm
Weight: 348 g
Width: 20.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1996) by McClean, Philip


Late 19th Century
Circa 1887 CE - Circa 1899 CE

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Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( blue, turquoise, yellow, pink, black) glaze ( colourless, slightly pitted and cracked)
Exterior composed of glaze ( white, covers the surface unevenly except for the rim of the foot ring)
Base Diameter 11 cm
Rim Diameter 20.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, probably mould made, painted in black, blue, yellow, pink and turquoise under a slightly pitted and cracked colourless or white glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23-1996
Primary reference Number: 73355
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 23 July 2012 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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