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Bowl: C.79-1935

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a black slip carved under a turquoise glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a black slip carved under a turquoise glaze
Shape: hemispherical bowl with a triangular, collared rim, sits on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: a thuluth style inscription forms a frieze on the upper body and is enclosed by concentric lines. Radiating from the base, pairs of vertical lines are separated by arrow head shapes.
Exterior: undecorated except for turquoise glaze, covering a dimpled surface, and black slip that spills over from the interior. The underside of the foot ring is glazed, covering an incised cross; on the exterior body the glaze terminates unevenly on the lower body and foot ring.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.5 cm
Weight: 493 g
Width: 21.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


12th Century
Circa 1100 CE - Circa 1199 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of slip ( black) glaze ( turquoise)
Exterior Body composed of glaze ( turquoise, terminating unevenly on the lower body and foot ring.)
Rim Diameter 21.5 cm
Base Diameter 9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a black slip carved under a turquoise glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge, a black rectangular border printed around the edge

  • Text: “Lent by” (printed in black); below this “Brangwyn” (typed in black); below this the number ‘114’ (hand written in black ink), and '36’ (top right hand corner, hand written in pencil, enclosed by a circle and crossed through)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written, typed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.79-1935
Primary reference Number: 76063
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.114
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 July 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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