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Jug: C.4-1971

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue and black under a transparent white glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, with carved black slip and blue paint under a transparent white glaze.
Shape: straight neck and plain rim are on top of a bulbous body with carination at the midpoint, sits on a low, narrow foot ring. A grooved strap handle, with small thumb rest is attached to the neck and body.
Exterior: on the neck a black band is incised with pseudo epigraphy. On the body a frieze of black dotted circular cartouche, incised with ‘S’ shapes and vertical lines, alternate with blue vertical lines. Glaze runs over the body, forming droplets above the foot ring.
Interior: coated with glaze, otherwise undecorated.


History note: Given by Lady Lee

Legal notes

Given by Lady Lee in memory of her husband Sir Frank Lee

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.7 cm
Weight: 406 g
Width: 14.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1971) by Lee, Lady


Late 12th Century
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1200 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of slip ( black, carved)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue) glaze ( transparent, white, runs over the body, forming droplets above the foot ring)
Interior composed of glaze ( transparent, white)
Base Diameter 5.2 cm
Rim Diameter 9.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, with carved black slip and blue paint under a transparent white glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1971
Primary reference Number: 75013
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 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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