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Bowl: OC.149-1946

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a white slip, carved and covered with a colourless or green glaze

Brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved under a colourless or green glaze.
Shape: conical bowl with slightly in-turned rim, sits on a disc base.
Interior: coated in a white slip which, on the rim and upper body, is splashed with green from the exterior. Finely carved into the slip on the body, a frieze of birds is surrounded by scrolling plamettes. Concentric bands of small medallions are carved above and below the bird frieze. Glaze pools and is cracked in the base; three scar marks indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln.
Exterior: coated in a white slip and covered with a green glaze. A large scar on the upper body indicates contact with other vessels in the kiln


History note: Zenjan. Bought from Garabed, 1923

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Oscar Raphel Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.4 cm
Weight: 316 g
Width: 17.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Early
Production date: circa AD 1200

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( colourless, pooled and cracked in the base) slip ( white)
Exterior Body composed of glaze ( green)
Exterior Upper Body composed of slip ( white)
Rim Diameter 17.6 cm
Base Diameter 6.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved under a colourless or green glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: '23.'
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.149-1946
Primary reference Number: 77578
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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