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Bowl: C.52-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a cream slip and painted in three colours under a clear glaze

Pinkish earthenware, wheel thrown, coated on the interior in a cream slip painted in brown, green and orange and covered with a clear glaze.
Shape: conical bowl descending via an indentation onto a disc base
Interior: brown triangles or dots hang from the rim. On the body groups of stylised flowers in orange and brown alternate with green Arabic inscriptions outlined in brown. An orange dot is painted on the base.
Exterior: cream slip and glaze continues onto the exterior rim. Remainder is undecorated.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.7 cm
Weight: 286 g
Width: 18.3 cm

Relative size of this object

18.3 cm7.7 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Amul ⪼ Iran
  • Gurgan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1905-04-18) by Brangwyn, Frank


10th Century
Circa 900 - 999

School or Style

Sari type

Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( clear) slip ( cream, coats surface) pigment ( slip painted in brown, green and orange)
Exterior Rim composed of glaze ( clear) slip ( cream)
Rim Diameter 18.3 cm
Base Diameter 6.4 cm

Materials used in production

pinkish Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish earthenware, wheel thrown, coated on the interior in a cream slip painted in brown, green and orange and covered with a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '140' hand written in ink, ‘10’ (crossed through in top right hand corner) and ‘5’ (circled with another number, not visible) hand written in pencil
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of disc base)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: written directly onto vessel surface

  • Text: 140
  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: painted directly into vessel surface

  • Text: '3'+ or possibly '٤+' (depending on orientation)
  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in grey
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.52-1935
Primary reference Number: 75409
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: B.140
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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