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Bowl: C.426-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black and blue under a turquoise glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, with black and blue painting under a turquoise, slightly crazed glaze.
Shape: bi-conical bowl, finely potted, with plain rim and moderately high foot ring.
Interior: on the rim, a black dentilated pattern is highlighted in blue. On the body, a radiating pattern comprising six panels separated by black vertical friezes, with blue edging, featuring Arabic (cursive) inscriptions painted in reserve. Each panels contains an arabesque flanked by roughly painted, long-tailed birds and are framed on the upper body by scrolling vegetation, all painted in black. Glaze covers surface unevenly in a section of the base.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a black band while the body is decorated with vertical black water weeds. Glaze runs evenly over the body, ending at the carination.


History note: Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

Legal notes

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.4 cm
Weight: 370 g
Width: 21.9 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


13th Century
Circa 1200 - 1299

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( turquoise)
Interior composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( turquoise)
Rim Diameter 21.9 cm
Base Diameter 8.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, with black and blue painting under a turquoise, slightly crazed glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.426-1991
Primary reference Number: 75050
Packing number: ISCER 598
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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