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Bowl: C.89-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted in blue and lustre

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in white glaze painted under the glaze with blue and over the glaze with lustre.
Shape: carinated bowl with 'hammer head' rim, sits on a low foot ring
Interior: on the rim an undulating concentric line painted in lustre is framed by a lustre bands. On the body a frieze of palmettes, reserved on a dotted lustre ground, is painted above lustre scrolls which form a wave like pattern. In the roundel an ass with dotted coat prances amongst palmette trees and rosettes, with a bird flying overhead and fish swimming in water below, all reserved on a dotted lustre ground. The ass and sections of the body are splashed with blue or turquoise pigment.
Exterior: the rim is painted with a band of blue. On the neck a pseudo calligraphic band is painted in blue and lustre. On the body plamettes are painted in lustre and are framed by lustre bands.

Legal notes

Purchased from the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.5 cm
Weight: 893 g
Width: 22.5 cm

Relative size of this object

22.5 cm10.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 13th century
Circa 1250 CE - Circa 1299 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue) oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white, covers the surface to the foot ring where it terminates unevenly)
Interior composed of oxide colours ( lustre) glaze ( white)
Interior Body composed of pigment ( splashes of blue, turquoise)
Rim Diameter 22.5 cm
Base Diameter 8.7 cm

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '15' hand written in black ink, ‘50’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top right hand corner) and ‘97’ (crossed through on the right hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.89-1935
Primary reference Number: 76297
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.15
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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