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Sherd: C.18.4-1948

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Maker(s)

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Description

Four earthenware fragments, all with cream or pinkish slips incised under yellow glaze, enhanced with dark brown, light brown and green pigments

Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl fragments with reddish body tone, coated with cream or pinkish slips and incised under yellow glaze, enhanced with dark brown, light brown and green pigments
A:
Shape: fragment of a carinated goblet with straight sides standing on a low foot ring
Interior: yellow glaze over a cream slip, the lower body walls undecorated, a left-facing walking lion the base is incised with thin double lines over a background of a densely spiralling scribbled ground, encircled by a double incised line around the base
Exterior: undecorated yellow glaze applied over a pinkish slip
B:
Shape: part of the upper body of a vessel with rounded convex walls
Interior: yellow glaze applied direct to the body, an isolated group of calligraphy on the upper body is enhanced with light brown pigment and with circular dots of dark brown pigment between the lettering, a double incised line enhanced with a thicker layer of slip under the glaze below the rim
Exterior: undecorated yellow glaze applied direct to the body
C:
Shape: fragment of a vessel with rounded convex sides leading via a carination to the interior part of a flanged rim
Interior: beige surface colour produced by yellow glaze over a pinkish slip, on the rim, the lower part of a pattern of s-shapes is delineated below by an incised line, decorated underneath with a scalloped band. On the lower body, a double incised line enhanced with thicker slip under the glaze encircles a pattern of interlocking opposed triangles decorated with light brown pigment, and a panel of pseudo calligraphy enhanced with extra slip under the glaze and framed with dark brown pigment.
Exterior: beige surface colour produced by undecorated yellow glaze over a pinkish slip
D:
Shape: small irregular fragment, with rounded thin walls
Interior: yellow glaze applied over a cream slip, an isolated group of incised lettering enhanced with a thicker layer of slip creating a relief effect and paler tone under the glaze, and a patch of green glaze, on the rim a double incised line is decorated underneath with a scalloped band.
Exterior: yellow glaze applied over a cream slip, with a small splash of green pigment at one edge

Notes

History note: From Farouk I University

Place(s) associated

  • Egypt ⪼ Egypt

Find spot

  • Kom el Dik Alexandria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Unknown (1948) by Farouk I University, Alexandria, Egypt

Dating

Late 13th - 14th century
Circa 1250 CE - Circa 1399 CE

School or Style

Mamluk

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of slip ( cream, pinkish) pigment ( green, one splash to D) glaze ( yellow) Interior composed of slip ( cream, pinkish) pigment ( light brown, dark brown, green) glaze ( yellow) Rim B Diameter 24 cm
Rim D Diameter 24 cm
Foot Ring A Diameter 7 cm
Whole C Height 10 cm Weight 164 g Width 12.5 cm
Whole B Height 11 cm Weight 237 g Width 10.4 cm
Whole D Height 6.5 cm Weight 7.9 cm Weight 36 g
Whole A Height 7.9 cm Weight 227 g Width 14.6 cm

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl fragments with reddish body tone, coated with cream or pinkish slips and incised under yellow glaze, enhanced with dark brown, light brown and green pigments

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Arabic inscription (undeciphered)

  • Text: 'Al-Mu.....' 'Al-Fr...'
  • Location: Interior bodies of B and D
  • Method of creation: Incising
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.18.4-1948
Primary reference Number: 138565
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 7 October 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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