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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

Relative size of this object

17.7 cm6.4 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.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 13th Century
Production date: circa AD 1200

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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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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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