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Dish: C.108-1935

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Fritware with cream and blue glazes painted with turquoise, blue and lustre

Pinkish-buff fritware, wheel thrown, with a pitted, blue and cream crazed glaze painted under the glaze with turquoise and blue pigment and over the glaze in lustre.
Shape: hemispherical dish with a flange rim and low foot ring.
Interior: on the rim, half crescents are painted in lustre, with irregular blue stains from the exterior glaze. A roughly painted painted blue cross with turquoise diagonal stripes in the four quarters covers the interior. Broadly coinciding with the blue cross, vertical friezes of Arabic script (kufic) are painted in lustre. Each quarter is divided into three triangular panels, with the central panel, roughly coinciding with the turquoise under glaze paint, containing an articulated palmette on a scrolling vine, painted in reserve against a lustred background. The flanking panels each contain scrolling vegetation painted in lustre.
Exterior: a blue glaze runs unevenly over the body to a point just above the foot ring.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.5 cm
Weight: 1412 g
Width: 36.7 cm

Relative size of this object

36.7 cm7.5 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.

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


Late 12th Century
Circa 1179 CE - 1198 1198 CE

School or Style

Seljuk Monumental style

Components of the work

Exterior Body: composed of glaze ( blue, crazed and pitted) Interior: composed of pigment ( blue, turquoise) glaze ( cream, crazed) oxide colours ( lustre) Base: Diameter 16 cm
Rim: Diameter 36.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pinkish-buff fritware, wheel thrown, with a pitted, blue and cream crazed glaze painted with turquoise and blue pigment and lustre.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: vertical friezes of script are painted in lustre largely over blue pigment

  • Location: Interior surface
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around upper and left hand edge adhered to exterior base, partially obscured by a Fitzwilliam Museum accession label

  • Text: "LENT BY" (printed in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) / "138" (hand written in black); "80 " (hand written in pencil and crossed out)
  • Location: Inside foot
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Label

Inscription present: inscribed directly onto the surface of the vessel, on the exterior base in black ink

  • Text: 138
  • Location: Inside foot
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Inscription

Inscription present: painted in brown directly onto the surface

  • Text: illegible, possibly Arabic
  • Location: Interior foot
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.108-1935
Primary reference Number: 71286
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.138
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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