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Bowl: OC.155-1946

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a white slip carved and incised under a green glaze

Brown earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip, carved and incised under a green glaze
Shape: bi-conical bowl with an indented ‘pie crust’ rim and sitting on a thick disc base.
Interior: on the neck a frieze of incised spirals separated by vertical lines. On the body carved into the slip a sphinx, with rosettes on the rear legs and bejewelled bands is surrounded by scrolling vegetation of split and complete palmettes. Scar marks on the base indicate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln.
Exterior: below the rim a kufic inscription is carved into the surface. Glaze and slip terminate just below the vessel carination.


History note: Bought from George Tabbagh, Nov. 1923

Legal notes

Oscar Raphel Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.6 cm
Weight: 1466 g
Width: 26.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century-13th Century
19th Century-20th Century, Early#
Circa 1100 CE - Circa 1299 CE Circa 1850 CE - Circa 1925 CE

School or Style

Qajar (1779-1924)#

Components of the work

Exterior Upper Body composed of glaze ( green) slip ( white)
Interior composed of glaze ( green) slip ( white)
Base Diameter 10.2 cm
Rim Diameter 26 cm
Exterior Neck

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated lower edge

  • Text: INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF PERSIAN ART, LONDON 1931 (printed), R4 (hand written)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of base)
  • Method of creation: Printed in black, hand written in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: small circular paper labels

  • Text: 4
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of disc)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Kufic script

  • Location: Exterior neck
  • Method of creation: Carved into white slip
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.155-1946
Primary reference Number: 77589
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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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