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Bowl: C.447-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with white glaze painted with lustre

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, with an opaque, white, slightly crazed glaze painted with yellow-brown lustre.
Shape: cono-segmental bowl with a plain rim and foot ring
Interior: On the rim, hemispherical cartouches containing kneeling figures are separated by friezes of Arabic script (kufic). On the body, a series of roughly spherical cartouches each contain a seated figure. The figures in both cartouches are roughly painted in reserve lustre; and wear a spotted robe and a headdress. Around the spherical cartouches detailed arabesques and half palmettes containing a cross-hatch pattern are painted in lustre.
Exterior: a simple, repeating scrolling pattern is contained above and below by concentric bands; both painted in lustre. The glaze covers the surface to the 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: 8.1 cm
Weight: 303 g
Width: 19.7 cm

Relative size of this object

19.7 cm8.1 cm What does this represent?

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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

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Interior composed of oxide colour ( lustre painting) glaze ( opaque, white, slightly crazed)
Exterior Body composed of oxide colour ( lustre painting)
Exterior composed of glaze ( opaque, white, slightly crazed glaze runs to a mid point on the foot ring)
Rim Diameter 19.7 cm
Base Diameter 7.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware bowl, wheel thrown, with an opaque, white, slightly crazed glaze painted with yellow-brown lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: friezes of script are separated by hemi-spherical cartouches containing seated figures

  • Location: Interior rim
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Circular paper label with serrated edge

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.447-1991
Primary reference Number: 75129
Packing number: ISCER 999
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Audit data

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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