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Dish fragment: C.438-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with blue and white glaze painted with lustre

Buff fritware fragment, wheel thrown, with blue (pitted) and white glaze, both crazed and decorated with yellow-brown lustre.
Shape: roughly rectangular fragment forms profile of a dish with wide, everted rim and a low foot ring.
Interior: on the lip painted lustre forms a frieze of scrolling vegetation, enclosed, above and below, by concentric bands both of which are splashed with blue from the exterior glaze. On the body, painted in reserve against a lustre background, a frieze depicts a seated figure wearing a robe decorated with series of three dots. The figure is flanked either side by arabesques painted in lustre. On the base another figure, also painted in reserve against a lustred background but only partly visible due the fragmentary nature of the dish, wears a headdress.
Exterior: a band of lustre decorates the rim and a frieze of Arabic script (probably cursive) is painted faintly in lustre on the upper body. The blue glaze covers the surface unevenly to a half way 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: 10.2 cm
Weight: 699 g
Width: 21.7 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 glaze ( blue, pitted, crazed) oxide colour ( lustre)
Interior composed of glaze ( crazed, white) oxide colour ( painted lustre)
Base Diameter 10 cm
Rim Diameter 24 cm
Exterior Body

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware fragment, wheel thrown, with blue (pitted) and white glaze, both crazed and decorated with yellow-brown lustre

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.438-1991
Primary reference Number: 75093
Packing number: ISCER 608
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 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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