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Bowl: C.436-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with a white glaze and lustre decoration

Buff fritware, wheel thrown bowl with yellow-brown lustre decoration over an opaque white, crazed glaze.
Shape: conical bowl with plain rim and foot ring.
Interior: painted in lustre, small crescent shapes above a concentric line decorate the rim area. The central decoration, painted in reserve against a lustred background, depicts a seated male figure with a beard, wearing a headdress and spotted gown and holding a mace in his right hand. The background is covered with a scrolling vine with palmette leaves.
Exterior: Rim is decorated with a band of lustre and below it, occupying the body of the vessel, is a repeating pattern of interlaced arabesques. The crazed glaze extends down the exterior to a mid point on the foot ring.


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: 7.8 cm
Weight: 305 g
Width: 18.8 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

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior composed of oxide colours ( lustre painting) glaze ( opaque white, crazed glaze reaches a mid point on the foot ring)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre painting) glaze ( transparent, opaque white)
Rim Diameter 18.8 cm
Base Diameter 6.7 cm
Exterior Body

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown bowl with yellow-brown lustre decoration over a clear, crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Circular paper label with a serrated edge

  • Text: 313 / L
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.436-1991
Primary reference Number: 75088
Packing number: ISCER 617
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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