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Bowl: C.7-1923

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a white slip carved and covered in a clear or green glaze

Brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved and covered with a clear or green glaze
Shape: conical bowl with a disc base and slightly in-turned rim
Interior: green glaze from the exterior runs onto the surface unevenly. Below the rim a carved frieze of floriated kufic script.
Exterior: cream slip and green tinted glaze cover the upper body unevenly.


History note: Excavated at Zanjan

Legal notes

Given by Oscar Raphel

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.2 cm
Weight: 178 g
Width: 13 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1905-04-06) by Raphael, Oscar C.


12th-13th Century
Circa 1100 - Circa 1299

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( clear, with green pigment running from the exterior surface) slip ( white)
Exterior Upper Body composed of glaze ( coloured with green pigment) slip ( white)
Rim Diameter 12.7 cm
Base Diameter 5.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved and covered with a clear or green glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Kufic script
  • Location: Interior upper body
  • Method of creation: Carved into white slip
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-1923
Primary reference Number: 75897
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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