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Bowl: OC.148-1946

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware incised through a cream slip, painted in green under a clear glaze

Brown earthenware, wheel thrown, incised through a cream slip, coloured green on the rim and covered with a clear glaze.
Shape: conical bowl with slightly convex body, plain rim and disc base
Interior: the rim is coloured with a green pigment. The body is coated in a white slip incised with interlocking circles containing arabesques on a hatched ground. Enclosed by these circles, on the base, a stylised lion and knotted cross are also incised through cream slip on a hatched ground. The slip covered with a thin, colourless glaze. Three scar marks on the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device during kiln firing.
Exterior: the green pigment on the rim continues onto the exterior. A cream slip covered in a colourless glaze coats the surface from just below the rim to the lower body.


History note: Found in a hoard also containing silver ware and textiles near Reyy in 1925

Legal notes

Oscar Raphel Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 8 cm
Weight: 397 g
Width: 18.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


11th-12th Century
Circa 1000 - Circa 1199


Found near Rayy in a hoard

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of glaze ( colourless) slip ( cream)
Interior composed of glaze ( colourless) slip ( cream)
Rim composed of pigment ( green) Diameter 18.1 cm
Base Diameter 8.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Brown earthenware, wheel thrown, incised through a cream slip, coloured green on the rim and covered with a clear glaze.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: two circular paper labels adhered to the exterior base one blank and the other hand written in black

  • Text: '36'
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: inscription directly onto the vessel surface

  • Text: ‘6.185’ (further numbers illlegible)
  • Location: Lower body exterior and base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.148-1946
Primary reference Number: 77577
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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