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Bowl: C.522-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black under a turquoise glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black under a turquoise glaze
Shape: segmental bowl with a flat rim sitting on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: all decoration is painted in black, with a band on the rim and a frieze of lozenge shapes contained within concentric lines on the inner edge of the lip. On the body, a dotted roundel encloses contoured fillers containing dots, dashes and, at one point, a dotted circle. Leaves sprout from this roundel covering the base; some of these leaves form a circle which contains further dots. Slightly imperfect, with a crack on the carination between lip and body, that occurred during firing.
Exterior: black band continues on the exterior under which a concentric black line is painted on the upper body. Turquoise glaze runs over the exterior surface to the lower body, with spots of clearer glaze continuing onto 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: 7.4 cm
Weight: 660 g
Width: 26.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Raqqa ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 CE - 1220 CE


Raqqa ware

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( runs over the exterior surface to the lower body, with spots of clearer glaze continuing onto the foot ring)
Interior composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( turquoise)
Rim Diameter 26.5 cm
Base Diameter 8.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in black under a turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 315/a
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.522-1991
Primary reference Number: 75414
Packing number: ISCER 660
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 3 January 2014 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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