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Bowl: C.50-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Unknown (Potter)


Red brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip incised under a green glaze.
Shape: carinated, bi-conical bowl with a square rim and sitting on a disc base.
Interior: covered with a white slip incised with roughly drawn scrolls on the neck and, radiating from the base, four stylised trees on the body.
Exterior: on the neck a frieze of curving vertical lines is incised through a white slip. The slip and glaze run unevenly over the carination to a point on the upper body.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 8 cm
Weight: 520 g
Width: 18.3 cm

Relative size of this object

18.3 cm8 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Bilad al-Sham ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 13th - 15th century
Circa 1250 - Circa 1499



School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Upper Body composed of glaze ( green) slip ( white) Interior composed of glaze ( green) slip ( white) Rim Diameter 17.9 cm
Base Diameter 6.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip incised under a green glaze

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '159' hand written in black, '7' (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: a rectangular paper label underlying other labels

  • Text: blue printed lines and border, '6' (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written in black directly onto the vessel surface

  • Text: ‘159’
  • Location: Lower body exterior
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.50-1935
Primary reference Number: 75321
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: 159
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 May 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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