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Bowl: C.523-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in black under a turquoise glaze

Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in black under a turquoise glaze and with a blue glazed rim
Shape: T-shaped rim with straight neck on a conical bowl and low foot ring.
Interior: on the base an eight pointed cross radiates from the central point developing into four arabesques on the body, both are adorned with fleur de-lis and pointed leaves. This design is delimited by a concentric band on the upper body. All decoration is painted in black.
Exterior: on the body a repeating, vertical water weed pattern is painted in black. Glaze runs unevenly over the lower body and foot ring leaving some areas uncovered.


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: 11 cm
Weight: 692 g
Width: 23.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century-14th Century
Circa 1200 CE - 1399 CE


Most likely Il-Khanid but some characteristics, notably vessel shape and water weed exterior design, can be dated to Seljuk period

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( runs unevenly over the lower body and foot ring leaving some areas uncovered)
Interior composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( turquoise, crazed)
Base Diameter 10 cm
Rim Diameter 22.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown, painted in black under a turquoise glaze and with a blue glazed rim

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 315/g
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.523-1991
Primary reference Number: 75416
Packing number: ISCER 594
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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