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Islamic pottery bowl with medallions and palmettes

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An image of Bowl. Islamic pottery. Garrus ware. Unknown potter, Iran. Shape: hemispherical bowl with a plain rim on a disc base cut, away on the underside. Interior: on the body a frieze of four circular medallions, separated by palmettes, contains birds and scrolling leaves, all carved through a cream slip. The glaze pools and is cracked in the base, splashes of green pigment are present in one area. Three scar marks on the lower body indicated the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln. Pinkish earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved under a colourless glaze, splashed with traces of green. Exterior: undecorated except for a cream slip and colourless glaze extending to the foot ring. Height, whole, 8.5 cm, width, whole, 18.6 cm, diameter, base, 6.8 cm, circa 1100-circa 1299. Seljuk.

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Bowl. Islamic pottery. Garrus ware. Unknown potter, Iran. Shape: hemispherical bowl with a plain rim on a disc base cut, away on the underside. Interior: on the body a frieze of four circular medallions, separated by palmettes, contains birds and scrolling leaves, all carved through a cream slip. The glaze pools and is cracked in the base, splashes of green pigment are present in one area. Three scar marks on the lower body indicated the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln. Pinkish earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved under a colourless glaze, splashed with traces of green. Exterior: undecorated except for a cream slip and colourless glaze extending to the foot ring. Height, whole, 8.5 cm, width, whole, 18.6 cm, diameter, base, 6.8 cm, circa 1100-circa 1299. Seljuk.

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  • Accession Number: C.47-1935
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/19.0
  • Focal length: 80
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Sam Cole
  • Image height: 1007 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 176.54kB
  • Exposure time: 1/45
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 19/1
  • Captured: 2018:03:06 11:43:17

Key words

12th Century 13th Century birds bowl carved earthenware Fitz_AA Garrus ware glazed incised Iranian Islamic leaves medallions Medieval palmettes pottery Seljuk Seljuq Dynasty slip slip-coated thrown

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