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Bowl: OC.172-1946

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a white glaze painted in lustre

Pinkish earthenware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted in brown lustre
Shape: hemispherical bowl with lobbed rim, sits on a low foot ring
Interior: radiating from a central roundel containing a crow like bird, five oval medallions containing a different type of bird with ribbon attached to its head.
Exterior: painted in lustre on a white glaze, on a background of dots and dashes, three medallions containing a circle with wavey lines. A potter’s signature is painted in lustre on the underside of the foot ring.


History note: Eumorfopoulos Collections, purchased at Sotheby's sale 5th June 1940

Legal notes

Oscar Raphel Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.6 cm
Weight: 135 g
Width: 12.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Basra ⪼ Iraq

Acquisition and important dates

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


10th Century
Circa 900 CE - Circa 999 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Rim Diameter 12.6 cm
Base Diameter 4.1 cm

Materials used in production

lustre Oxide colours
opaque white Glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pinkish earthenware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted in brown lustre
Painting overglaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: hand painted onto the glaze

  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in lustre
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: small circular paper label

  • Text: '16.'
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.172-1946
Primary reference Number: 77611
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 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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