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Bowl: OC.156-1946

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a white slip carved and incised under a green glaze

Red brown earthenware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved and incised under a green glaze.
Shape: biconical bowl with in-turned neck and rim sits on a disc base
Interior: coated in a white slip, incised on the neck with a stylised pseudo calligraphic band. On the body birds of varying size are carved against a background of scrolling palmettes and half palmettes. The glaze pools in one area of the lower body and scar marks indicate impurities in the clay.
Exterior: on the neck wavey lines are incised through white slip and covered with a green glaze which runs over the carination onto the upper body.


History note: Bought from Garabed, July 1923

Legal notes

Oscar Raphel Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.5 cm
Weight: 999 g
Width: 22.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946)


12th-13th Century
Circa 1100 - Circa 1299

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Upper Body composed of glaze ( green) slip ( white)
Interior composed of glaze ( green) slip ( whtie)
Rim Diameter 20.7 cm
Base Diameter 8.7 cm
Exterior Neck

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red brown earthenware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white slip carved and inicsed under a green glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square paper label

  • Text: ‘CITY OF MANCHESTER ART GALLERY’ (printed in grey), ‘5392 / B.H. -114c’ (hand written in black) and ‘5332’ (hand written in black and crossed through)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Printed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: '5' (hand written in black)
  • Location: Exterior base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.156-1946
Primary reference Number: 176710
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 February 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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