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Fragment: C.509-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown


  • Fragment
  • Other name: fragment of an albarello
  • Category: Islamic pottery
  • Category: lustre ware



Fritware coated with a colourless or blue glaze painted with lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, on the exterior coated with a blue glaze painted with lustre and on the interior with a cracked, colourless glaze.
Shape: irregular fragment, straight neck descending via a sharp carination onto a cylindrical body
Exterior: on the shoulder scrolls are painted, while on the neck and upper body partial calligraphic freezes are evident. Lower on the body, a bird’s head and neck are painted amongst foliage that includes spiked leaves.
Interior: undecorated except for the glaze streaked with blue pigment, probably from the exterior.


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: 17.5 cm
Weight: 381 g
Width: 15 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1905-05-03) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1399 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( blue runs under the glaze from the exterior surface) glaze ( colourless, crazed)
Exterior composed of glaze ( blue) oxide colours ( lustre)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, on the exterior coated with a blue glaze painted with lustre and on the interior with a cracked, colourless glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: cursive Arabic script painted by hand on the glaze surface

  • Text: undeciphered
  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Painting in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.509-1991
Primary reference Number: 75341
Packing number: ISCER 646
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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