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Bowl: C.45-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in white slip carved and covered with a clear or coloured glaze

Brown earthenware, wheel thrown, interior is coated in a carved white slip covered with a clear glaze coloured green on the exterior.
Shape: conical bowl with slightly in-turned rim sits on a disc base, cut away on the underside.
Interior: covering the entire body a cream slip is carved to form a sphinx surrounded by palmettes and scrolling vegetation. The sphinx is decorated with jewelled bands on the neck and legs and with a medallion containing scrolling vegetation on the rear. All covered with a clear glaze with splashes of brown and green.
Exterior: a clear glaze coloured with green runs unevenly from the rim onto the upper body.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.3 cm
Weight: 407 g
Width: 17.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


12th Century-13th Century
19th Century-20th Century, Early#
Circa 1100 CE - Circa 1299 CE Circa 1850 CE - Circa 1925 CE

School or Style

Qajar (1779-1924)#

Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( clear with splashes of green and brown) slip ( white)
Exterior composed of glaze ( coloured green runs unevenly from rim onto upper body)
Rim Diameter 17.3 cm
Base Diameter 6.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Brown earthenware, wheel thrown, interior is coated in a carved white slip covered with a clear glaze coloured green on the exterior

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: pink paper label with serrated edge on the lower side and edges

  • Text: Arabic script (printed in black and blue, undeciphered), ‘116’ (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior lower body
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge

  • Text: black rectangular printed border, 'Lent by' (printed in black), 'Brangwyn' (typed in black), '116' (hand written in black), 'A' (hand written in pencil), '8' (within a circle, hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: paper label, partially ripped off

  • Text: cable pattern reserved in red
  • Location: Exterior upper body
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.45-1935
Primary reference Number: 75152
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.116
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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