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Bowl: OC.154-1946

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Eartheware with carved white slip under a clear or green glaze

Red-brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved under a clear or green glaze.
Shape: irregular bi-conical bowl on a disc base with a square, pie crust rim.
Interior: coated in a white slip which, on the body, is carved to form a spread eagle wearing a collar against a background of scrolling palmettes and half-plamettes. The eagle’s wings and two palmettes are incised with medallions. Splashes of dark purple are evident in the glaze which pools slightly in the base. Three scar marks in the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln, a scar mark on the rim indicates contact with another vessel during firing.
Exterior: the neck is incised with a frieze of curved incised lines. A white slip and a green coloured glaze run over the neck and upper body.


History note: Bought from Garabed, September 1923

Legal notes

Oscar Raphel Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16 cm
Weight: 2501 g
Width: 34.2 cm

Relative size of this object

34.2 cm16 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


12th-13th Century
Circa 1100 - Circa 1299

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of glaze ( clear, colourless) pigment ( splashing, probably with manganese) slip ( white, carved)
Exterior Upper Body composed of glaze ( green) slip ( white)
Base Diameter 11.7 cm
Rim Diameter 34.2 cm
Exterior Neck

Materials used in production

red-brown Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red-brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved under a clear or green glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge of the upper side

  • Text: ‘INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF PERSIAN ART, LONDON 1931’ (printed in black around the edge), ‘R7’ (hand written in black)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label

  • Text: ‘CITY OF MACHESTER ART GALLERY’ (printed in grey), ‘5395/B.H. -59E’ (hand written in black), ‘55TH’ (hand written in black and crossed through)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: small circular paper label

  • Text: ‘7.’ (hand written in black)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.154-1946
Primary reference Number: 77588
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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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