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Bowl: C.66-1935

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware with a white glaze painted with lustre

Pinkish buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted with a yellow lustre.
Shape: conical bowl with slightly out-turned rim sitting on a low foot ring.
Interior: on the rim crescents and dots are painted above Arabic inscriptions on the bottom left and right hand edge. Dominating the bowl a stylised peacock is painted with bi-partite plumage on the head and ‘eyes’ covering the body and a section of the tail.
Exterior: concentric circles are painted, with the inner circle containing wavey lines painted on a background of dotted lines.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.2 cm
Weight: 108 g
Width: 12.3 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Basra ⪼ Iraq

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1905-04-18) by Brangwyn, Frank


10th Century
Circa 900 CE - Circa 999 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( white) oxide colours ( yellow lustre)
Interior composed of glaze ( white) oxide colours ( yellow lustre)
Rim Diameter 12.3 cm
Base Diameter 4.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted with a yellow lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: three Arabic inscriptions

  • Location: Upper body (inner surface)
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated upper edge

  • Text: 'Lent By/No' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '297' and '22' (hand written with latter crossed through)
  • Location: Base exterior (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written (pencil and ink)
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.66-1935
Primary reference Number: 75770
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.97
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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