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Bowl: C.444-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with blue and white glazes and lustre painted decoration

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with painted yellow-brown lustre decoration over an opaque white, crazed glaze on the interior and a blue crazed glaze on the exterior.
Shape: cono-segmental bowl with plain rim sitting on a low foot ring.
Interior: rim is decorated with a band of lustre above a radiating frieze of three fleshy arabesques. These are separated by a ‘Y’ shaped band, delineated by single lines, enclosing dense scrolling vegetation. The glazed is pooled slightly in the base creating a greenish tinge and a light blue wash runs from the rim, probably from the external glaze colour.
Exterior: rim has a small band of lustre and a frieze of Arabic script (probably cursive) the latter lightly painted in a free hand on the upper body. The vessel body is coated with a blue glaze which runs unevenly over 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: 6.3 cm
Weight: 175 g
Width: 14.5 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

Monumental style

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( blue, crazed glaze runs down over the body and section of the upper foot ring) paint ( lustre)
Interior composed of paint ( lustre) glaze ( opaque white, crazed)
Rim Diameter 14.5 cm
Base Diameter 4.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with painted yellow-brown lustre decoration over a clear, crazed glaze on the interior and a blue crazed glaze on the exterior

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: frieze of script lightly painted in a free hand on the upper body

  • Location: Exterior upper body
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Rectangular card tie on label with a string and sticky label attached

  • Text: ISCER/637
  • Location: Loose
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.444-1991
Primary reference Number: 75122
Packing number: ISCER 637
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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