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Tile: C.443-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware covered with white glaze painted with lustre

Pinkish fritware, mould made, covered with a white crazed glaze painted in brown lustre. Star-shaped
Decorated surface: painted in reserve against a lustred background a seated figure wearing a gown, decorated with groups of three dots, and a headdress is depicted holding a vessel in his right hand. Coiling vines and leaves decorate the background. The edge of the tile is highlighted by a white contour line, an area left undecorated in lustre, which echoes the star shape of the tile. Glaze and lustre runs over the tile edges.
Reverse surface: Two deep gouges in the surface probably created during the manufacturing process.


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: 1.2 cm
Length: 13.5 cm
Weight: 213 g
Width: 12.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late-13th Century, Early#
Circa 1175 CE - 1225 CE

School or Style

Monumental style

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decorated Surface composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, crazed)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pinkish fritware, mould made, covered with a white crazed glaze painted in brown lustre

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.443-1991
Primary reference Number: 75120
Packing number: ISCER 626
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 26 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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