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Lamp: C.1768-1928

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Fritware coated in a turquoise glaze

Buff fritware, thickly potted the body is wheel thrown and other elements are mould or hand made, covered with a crazed turquoise glaze
Shape: circular body on a low, wide foot ring. Tubular neck with elongated ‘V’ shaped spout. A loop handle is attached to the body and neck.
Decoration: glaze covers visible interior surface and exterior, although coverage is uneven particularly on the base.


History note: Found at Fostat (Old Cairo)

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm
Weight: 519 g
Width: 17.6 cm

Relative size of this object

17.6 cm13.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Fostat ⪼ Egypt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Second half of 12th-15th century
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1499 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Neck Rim Diameter 4.3 cm
Base Diameter 7 cm
Body Handle Neck And Spout

Materials used in production

turquoise, crazed, covers visible interior surface and exterior, although coverage is uneven particularly on the base Glaze Fritware

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: written on a prepared surface

  • Text: G. 2066
  • Location: Underside of spout
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1768-1928
Primary reference Number: 72587
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 June 2019 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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