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Sherd: C.4.2-1919

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware fragment, incised and carved through a cream slip under a thin yellow glaze and enhanced with areas of light brown pigment

Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl fragment with a red body tone, incised through a cream slip under a yellow glaze and enhanced with areas of light brown pigment
Shape: part of base, tall foot ring and lower body of a rounded vessel
Interior: over a cream slip, a narrow incised band around the base is enhanced with light brown pigment and encloses a blazon design of a pair of polo sticks, also painted with light brown, over a ground enhanced with a thicker layer of cream slip creating a relief effect and paler tone under the glaze, the lower body undecorated, and the whole covered in a coating of yellow glaze
Exterior: yellow glaze over a thick layer of cream slip, also coating the outside and underside of the foot ring, undecorated

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.1 cm
Weight: 294 g
Width: 14.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Egypt ⪼ egypt

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1919) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


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

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of slip ( cream) pigment ( light brown) glaze ( yellow)
Exterior Body composed of slip ( cream) glaze ( yellow)
Foot Ring Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl fragment with a red body tone, incised through a cream slip under a yellow glaze and enhanced with areas of light brown pigment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4.2-1919
Primary reference Number: 74820
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 4 July 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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