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Bowl fragment: C.4.47-1919

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue, black and red under a clear glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue, black and red under a clear, slightly crazed glaze
Shape: roughly circular fragment, the foot ring base of a larger vessel.
Interior: a black linear roundel is edged with semi-circles outlined in black and coloured alternately in red, black and turquoise, these are separated by pairs of black lines. The zone within the roundel is divided into five areas using thin black curvaceous lines. These areas encompass a central lozenge, two ovals and two triangles, each containing leaves outlined in black painted against a blue, red or black background. The remains of a black concentric band and other painted decoration are visible on the lower body around the fragmentation point. Glaze pools slightly in the base.
Exterior: coated in a thick clear glaze except for the underside of the foot ring.


History note: Pottery from the medieval rubbish heaps of Fostat, Cairo; given by the friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.5 cm
Weight: 197 g
Width: 14.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1919-02-22)


13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - 1299 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( clear, crazed and cracked) pigment ( red, blue, black)
Exterior composed of glaze ( clear, crazed does not cover underside of foot ring)
Base Diameter 9.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4.47-1919
Primary reference Number: 74876
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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