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Ewer: OC.161-1946

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in slip carved under a green glaze

Brown earthenware, probably mould made, coated in a white slip carved under a green glaze.
Shape: trefoil spout on a straight neck descending via a carination onto a cylindrical body narrowing slightly onto a flat base.
Exterior: on the spout and lower body concentric friezes of scrolling palmettes are carved above or below cable patterns. On the upper body and handle scrolling vegetation incorporating split palmettes, while on the shoulder a Kufic inscription is present. Glaze runs unevenly onto the lower body and base.
Interior: glaze continues to a mid-point on the neck.


History note: Bought from Garabed

Legal notes

Oscar Raphel Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 cm
Weight: 353 g
Width: 8.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century-13th Century
Circa 1100 - Circa 1299

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of glaze ( green, runs unevenly onto the lower body and base) slip ( white)
Interior Neck composed of glaze ( green)
Rim Diameter 4.3 cm
Base Diameter 5.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, probably mould made, coated in a white slip carved under a green glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Kufic style inscription

  • Location: Shoulder exterior
  • Method of creation: Carved through slip
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Rectangular paper label with serrated lower edge

  • Text: 'INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF PERSIAN ART, LONDON 1931' (printed), ‘R28’ (hand written in black), ‘114K’ (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: ‘28’ (hand written in black)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.161-1946
Primary reference Number: 77595
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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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