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Dish: OC.166-1946

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in white glaze painted in lustre and brown paint

Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown and painted in brown pigment and ustre under or over a white glaze.
Shape: conical bowl with a low foot ring and a plain rim
Interior: on the rim a dentillated pattern is painted in lustre. A dense shoal of fish is painted on the body, swimming in a whorl around the roundel which contains a rosette with overlapping petals. Both fish and rosette are painted in reserve against a lustred background into which scrolls are incised on the body.
Exterior: a dentillated pattern, of larger scale than that on the interior, is painted on the rim. On the body ‘ear muff’ style palmettes are painted in reserve against a lustred background, below which a pair of lustre concentric lines mark the edge of decoration. Glaze runs unevenly onto the foot ring.


History note: Label indicated probable purchase from Kelekian

Legal notes

Oscar Raphael Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12 cm
Weight: 3208 g
Width: 45.7 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 13th-mid 14th Century
Circa 1260 CE - Circa 1350 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( brown, under the glaze) oxide colours ( brownish lustre) glaze ( white)
Exterior Body composed of oxide colours ( brownish lustre) glaze ( white)
Base Diameter 22.8 cm
Rim Diameter 45.7 cm

Materials used in production

pinkish buff Fritware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown and painted in brown pigment and lustre under or over a white glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: O. Raphael Bequest
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: paper label in the shape of an elongated hexagon

  • Text: D.Kelekian / 2. Place Vendôme (printed), 315 / 4679 (hand written)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black, printed in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.166-1946
Primary reference Number: 77602
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 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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