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Bowl: C.5-2003

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Possibly Unknown (Pottery)


Off-white fritware bowl, with large iron rich inclusion visible on the base, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a colourless glaze. Pale buff where unglazed.
Shape: hemispherical bowl on a narrow, low foot ring. Slightly convex base.
Interior: the rim is dotted with blue. On the body a whorl of stylised fish swim around a central rosette, bisected by an ‘S’ shape, both are outlined in black and partially coloured with blue.
Exterior: a stylised petal design comprises a series of vertical and horizontal lines. Glaze runs over the surface to a point on the lower body, leaving areas of underglaze paint uncovered.

Possibly made by potters working for the Mugal conquerors, perhaps at Berke Serai

Two labels. The first is small and circular, printed in red '309'. The second is of rectangular sticky paper, inscribed in blue biro 'CR', underlined, with '1038' under this.


History note: Sir Gordon Sutherland, ScD., LLD, FRS (1907-80) by whom lent to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1978; Lady Sutherland; their three daughters, Ann Harris, Kerstin Stempel, and Mary Sutherland

Legal notes

Given in memory of Sir Gordon and Lady Sutherland by their daughters, Ann, Kerstin and Mary

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.5 cm
Weight: 457 g
Width: 20.7 cm

Relative size of this object

20.7 cm9.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2003-06-09) by Harris, Ann Stempel, Kerstin Sutherland, Mary


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1399 CE

School or Style

Il-Khanid Mamluk

Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue) glaze ( clear) Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black) glaze ( clear, runs over the surface to a point on the lower body, leaving areas of underglaze paint uncovered) Rim Diameter 20.7 cm
Base Diameter 6.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, with large iron rich inclusion visible on the base, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a colourless glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: small circular label

  • Text: 309
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed n red
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: CR underlined with 1038 below the line

  • Text: CR/1038
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-2003
Primary reference Number: 93629
Old loan number: Loan 1978
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Audit data

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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