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Bowl: C.445-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with white glaze painted in blue, turquoise and lustre

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with blue and turquoise pigment under an opaque white, slightly crazed glaze, over-painted in brown lustre
Shape: carinated bowl with slightly everted rim, straight neck descending via steeply sloping sides onto a moderately high foot ring
Interior: two friezes on the neck are separated and enclosed by blue painted lines. These friezes contain either straight and wavey lines or dots and scrolling foliage. The central decoration depicts two seated opposing figures painted in reserve against a lustred background filled with scrolling leaves, flowers and articulated half palmettes. Both figures wear tunics decorated with scrolls and hats, all highlighted by blue pigment. Between the figures a pear shaped tree is coloured with turquoise; above them a bird is highlighted in blue; below them a fish swims in a blue painted pool. Exterior: a frieze of Arabic script (cursive) on the neck is painted in lustre and enclosed by two concentric painted blue lines. On the body a repeating rosette pattern, with each petal containing a dot, is painted in reserve against a solid lustred background, below a single concentric line of lustre. Glaze covers the body but runs unevenly over the foot ring, although the underside is glazed.


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: 471 g
Width: 19.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Late
19th Century-20th Century#
Circa 1260 CE - 1280 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( blue) oxide colours ( lustre) pigment ( turquoise)
Exterior Upper Body composed of pigment ( blue)
Exterior Body composed of oxide colours ( lustre)
Rim Diameter 19.1 cm
Base Diameter 6.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with blue and turquoise pigment under an opaque white, slightly crazed glaze, over-painted in brown lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a frieze of script on the neck is painted in lustre and enclosed by two concentric painted blue lines

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

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 313
  • Location: Base exterior
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.445-1991
Primary reference Number: 75124
Packing number: ISCER 620
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 May 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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