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Dish: C.431-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with a white glaze, painted with lustre

Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown, white, slightly crazed, glaze painted in yellow-brown lustre.
Shape: conical dish with wide, everted rim and a low foot ring.
Interior: all decoration is painted in lustre. On the lip a frieze of Arabic script (cursive) is enclosed above and below by concentric bands of differing thickness. On the body a roughly drawn pattern, radiating from a central dot in the base, consists of alternating panels of horizontal wavey lines and arabesques with a cross-hatched lozenge at their centre.
Exterior: rim decorated with a band of lustre. Radiating from the lower body, panels of interlocking scrolls are separated by a pair of vertical lines, both painted in lustre. Glaze continues to the lower body where it has a reddish tinge, probably resulting from reaction with the lustre. Oval adhesion at one point near rim marks where another vessel touched the dish during firing.


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: 7.6 cm
Weight: 1,031 g
Width: 34 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 12th Century
Circa 1179 CE - 1198 CE

School or Style

miniature style

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, slightly crazed, continues to the lower body where it has a reddish tinge, probably resulting from reaction with the lustre)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, slightly crazed)
Base Diameter 13.5 cm
Rim Diameter 34 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown, white, slightly crazed, glaze painted with yellow-brown lustre

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.431-1991
Primary reference Number: 75064
Packing number: ISCER 642
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 April 2017 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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