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Bowl: OC.146-1946

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware covered in a white glaze painted with lustre

Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown covered in a white glaze painted with yellow lustre
Shape: conical bowl with a slightly out-turned rim sitting on a low, wide foot ring.
Interior: the rim is painted with crescents echoed below by a scalloped line. On the body a hare, with a leafed branch suspended from its mouth, is outlined with a single line. In the background, four irregular cartouche are also outlined with a single line are painted against ‘V’ shapes.
Exterior: on the body a series of four sets of concentric circles, of which the inner most contains dashed lines, is painted on a background of dotted lines. On the underside of the base an inscription is painted in lustre. Glaze extends over the surface with the exception of the rim of the foot ring.


History note: Bought from George Talbargh, Nov. 1927 by Oscar Raphael. Bequeathed by Oscar Raphael, 1941, received 1946

Legal notes

Oscar Raphel Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6 cm
Weight: 245 g
Width: 19.3 cm

Relative size of this object

19.3 cm6 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

  • Basra ⪼ Iraq

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Raphael, Oscar C.


10th Century
Circa 900 CE - 999 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Rim Diameter 19.3 cm
Base Diameter 7.8 cm

Materials used in production

lustre Oxide colours
white, full coverage except for the rim of the foot ring Glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff fritware, probably wheel thrown covered in a white glaze painted with yellow lustre
Painting overglaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: contained within cartouche against a background of 'V' shapes, painted directly onto the surface

  • Text: ‘baraka’ (repeated 3X), ‘li-sahibihi’ (repated 1X)
  • Location: Interior body
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: painted directly onto the glaze surface

  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: 18
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.146-1946
Primary reference Number: 77575
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 6 May 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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