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Jar: C.527-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Frirware with carved black slip under a turquoise glaze

Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in black slip, carved under a dull, crazed and lightly pitted turquoise glaze.
Shape: inverted pear shaped jar with everted rim, cylindrical neck and a low foot ring
Exterior: the rim is coated in a black slip; while on the neck the black slip is carved to form a repeating frieze of curved lozenges and half lozenges with central dots. On the shoulder, a frieze of Arabic script (kufic) is interspersed with scrolling foliage. The body is covered with vertical lines alternating in thickness. The glaze runs unevenly over the very lowest sections of the body, not always covering the black underlying slip.
Interior: The turquoise glaze continues over the interior but only thinly coats the surface below the neck.


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: 27.4 cm
Weight: 1349 g
Width: 19.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 12th Century
Circa 1150 - 1200

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of slip ( black, carved) glaze ( turquoise, dull crazed)
Interior Body composed of glaze ( tuquoise, thin)
Rim Diameter 9.5 cm
Base Diameter 9.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in black slip, carved under a dull crazed and lightly pitted turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: on the shoulder, a frieze of script is interspersed with scrolling foliage

  • Location: Shoulder
  • Method of creation: Carved into black slip
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular card label tied around neck of vessel with string and inscribed by hand with black ink

  • Text: ISCER/572
  • Location: Tied around neck of vessel with string
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 505/a
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.527-1991
Primary reference Number: 75425
Packing number: ISCER 572
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 October 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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