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Bowl: C.448-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with white glaze and painted in lustre

Buff fritware, wheel thrown, covered with an opaque white, slightly crazed glaze painted in yellow-brown lustre
Shape: finely potted conical bowl with carination, plain rim and foot ring.
Interior: rim is painted in a band of lustre below which a frieze of Arabic script (kufic) is interspersed with scrolls. On the body, a frieze alternately incorporates sphinx in medallions, painted in reverse against a lustred background, and roughly drawn arabesques comprising dots and lines in lustre. The central roundel contains a single seated musician playing a lute, wearing a head dress and a spotted robe; painted in reserve against a lustred background including leafy scrolls.
Exterior: a frieze of lustre scrolls, with groups separated by double vertical lines and enclosed above and below by a concentric band; all painted in lustre . The clear glaze runs over the body to the upper foot ring, splashes of lustre are also 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: 6.6 cm
Weight: 224 g
Width: 16.4 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

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of oxide colour ( lustre) glaze ( opaque white, crazed glaze runs over the body to the upper foot ring)
Interior composed of oxide colour ( lustre) glaze ( opaque white, crazed)
Rim Diameter 16.4 cm
Base Diameter 7.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware bowl, wheel thrown, covered with a clear, slightly crazed glaze with lustre painted on the interior and exterior surface

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.448-1991
Primary reference Number: 75131
Packing number: ISCER 636
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Monday 26 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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