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Bowl: C.551-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Red brown earthenware with cream slip, incised and painted decoration largely under a clear glaze

Red-brown wheel thrown earthenware coated with a cream slip, incised and painted in green, brown and yellow largely covered with a clear glaze.
Shape: Thickly potted bowl with everted flange rim and slightly concave disc base.
Interior: Cream slip over interior with painted triangles on everted rim, alternating green and yellow in colour, enclosed within incised lines and separated by a brown dot. Neck has alternating panels of green and brown painted decoration enclosed within semi-circular incised lines; these panels are separated by smaller areas of cream slip. Body has further panel decoration with alternating horseshoe and bull’s eye designs coloured in green, yellow and brown, enclosed by incised lines. These panels radiate from a central roundel containing painted Arabic epigraphic inscription.
Exterior: Undecorated except for splashes of glaze.


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: 8 cm
Weight: 806 g
Width: 24.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century
Circa 1100 - 1199

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( clear) slip ( cream) pigment ( green, yellow, brown)
Exterior composed of glaze ( splashed, irregular)
Rim Diameter 21 cm
Base Diameter 7.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red brown earthenware with cream slip, incised and painted decoration largely under a clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval cream paper label with blue border

  • Text: none
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Glue
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.551-1991
Primary reference Number: 75496
Packing number: ISCER 952
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 May 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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