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Jar: C.544-1991

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Fritware painted in blue and black under a clear glaze

White fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear, crazed glaze
Shape: everted rim and straight neck on an inverted pear shaped body descending onto a low foot ring.
Exterior: rim is painted black, while on the neck a frieze of blue diamonds shapes, containing black circles and dots, are flanked above and below with black triangles. On the shoulder, a blue band, enclosed between black concentric lines, separates decoration on the body from that on the neck. Two narrow friezes are painted on the upper and lower body comprising, respectively, a narrow band of black Arabic script or black fish swimming horizontally between wide black concentric lines. Predominant on the body, a broad frieze of vertical panels of blue arabesques painted against a background of black scrolls and black stylised scrolling vegetation, are separated by pairs of blue and black lines. The glaze runs unevenly over the lower body onto the foot ring.
Interior: partially covered with a clear glaze, otherwise undecorated.


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: 21.4 cm
Weight: 749 g
Width: 15.2 cm

Relative size of this object

15.2 cm21.4 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Damascus ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - 1399 1399 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior: composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( clear, crazed, runs unevenly over the lower body onto the foot ring) Interior: composed of glaze ( partial covering, clear, crazed) Base: Diameter 6.7 cm
Rim: Diameter 7.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : White fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear, crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a narrow band of black Arabic script

  • Location: Shoulder
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular card label suspended around the neck with string

  • Text: ISCER/611
  • Location: Suspended around neck
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Label

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 434/d
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.544-1991
Primary reference Number: 75480
Packing number: ISCER 611
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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