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Bottle: C.430-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware, moulded with a white or blue glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, moulded, covered with slightly pitted white or blue glaze, both crazed and painted with brown lustre.
Shape: everted rim with bulbous collar and straight neck ending in two horizontal ridges. Four faces of the body are shaped to form figures, enhanced by painted decoration, each separated by a prominent vertical corner ridge; sits on a foot ring
Exterior: mouth, neck and shoulder are decorated in lustre with concentric bands separating friezes of scrolling patterns which, on the collar, include jewel like motifs. On each side of the body, four female figures are painted in reserve, against a lustre background, wearing a headdress and a robe decorated with an inverted palmette leaf. Commas and jewel like motifs flank these figures while, on the vertical ridges at the corners of the vessel, friezes of Arabic script (cursive) are contained within vertical bands; all painted in lustre. Glaze runs unevenly over the very lowest part of the body and onto the foot ring. Lustre deteriorated on section of neck, possible due to misfiring.
Interior: rim has a concentric band of lustre over a blue glaze that extends over visible sections of the upper body.


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: 32.1 cm
Weight: 1295 g
Width: 20.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late
Circa 1179 CE - 1198 CE

School or Style

Monumental style

Components of the work

Interior Neck composed of glaze ( blue, crazed)
Exterior Body composed of glaze ( crazed, pitted, white; runs unevenly over the very lowest part of the body and onto the foot ring) oxide colours ( lustre)
Interior Rim composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Base Diameter 11.2 cm
Rim Diameter 6.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, moulded, covered with slightly pitted white or blue glaze, both crazed and painted with brown lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: on the vertical ridges at the corners of the vessel, friezes of script are contained within vertical bands

  • Location: Corners
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 538/a
  • Location: Base exterior
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in purple ink (probably faded from black)
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular card tie on label attached around the neck with string

  • Text: ISCER/641
  • Location: Neck
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.430-1991
Primary reference Number: 75062
Packing number: ISCER 641
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 February 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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