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Bowl: C.561-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware, coated in a white slip, painted in black and turquoise under a clear, crazed glaze

Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip and painted in black and turquoise under a clear, crazed glaze.
Shape: plain rim on a cono-segmental bowl and a low foot ring
Interior: rim is painted black. On the body, a frieze of oval cartouche with scalloped edge, framed above by abstract birds, both outlined in black against a turquoise background. The cartouche contain scalloped black ‘S’ shapes and turquoise tongue shaped leaves outlined in black. On the base, a five pointed star with dashes between and adorning the arms, is contained within a roundel with contoured edge painted turquoise. Three scars on the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln.
Exterior: black paint on the rim continues on the exterior, while on the upper body, a frieze of scrolls is contained within two concentric lines. Glaze covers this frieze but ends on the upper body, the white slip cover the exterior including the underside of the foot ring. Two scar marks on the rim and upper body probably result from contact with other vessels in the kiln.


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: 10.2 cm
Weight: 798 g
Width: 22 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Khurasan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


15th Century#
Circa 1400 CE - 1499 CE


Provincial ware

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Upper Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( clear, crazed, covers this frieze but ends on the upper body)
Interior composed of glaze ( clear, crazed) pigment ( turquoise, black) slip ( white)
Exterior composed of slip ( white)
Rim Diameter 22 cm
Base Diameter 7.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip and painted in black and turquoise under a clear, crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 455/b
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.561-1991
Primary reference Number: 75527
Packing number: ISCER 545
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 October 2015 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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