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Sherd: C.18.10-1948

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Six earthenware fragments, coated in a cream slip, enhanced with light and dark brown pigments and incised under green glaze

Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl and cup fragments with reddish body tones, coated in a cream slip, enhanced with light and dark brown pigments and incised under green glaze.
A:
Shape: fragment of a bowl comprising part of rounded lower body standing on a tall, straight-sided foot ring
Interior: green glaze over a cream slip with one splash of brown pigment, the base decorated with an incised ostrich-like bird in profile, with a long neck (the head missing), rounded body stippled with incised dots and short lines, raised wings with parallel feathers and part of tailfeathers
Exterior: over a cream slip, undecorated green glaze runs over and on the inside of the foot ring with two splashes of yellow on the body
B:
Shape: fragment of a bowl comprising part of rounded lower body standing on a tall, straight-sided foot ring
Interior: cream slip incised under a green glaze, depicting a roundel with two brown swords either side a central brown block.
Exterior: a greenish glaze covers the surface
C:
Shape: fragment of a carinated cup with straight sides flaring outwards towards the rim, standing on a flaring foot ring
Interior: green glaze over a cream slip, a pattern of straight and curving lines over a densely spiralling scribbled ground on the base is enclosed within a circle, the rim decorated with a line of dark brown pigment, below which two incised concentric lines enclose a band of loose scribbles, the upper body undecorated
Exterior: yellow glaze applied directly to the body with some splashes of brown pigment and some green glaze running over from the interior, the glaze pooling towards the rim
D:
Shape: triangular rim fragment with rounded sides and slightly beaded rim
Interior: green glaze over a cream slip, a group of incised calligraphy on the upper body is defined with a thicker layer of slip creating a relief effect and paler tone under the glaze, an incised scalloped decorative band running under the rim
Exterior: a thin layer of green glaze applied over a cream slip, undecorated except for a band of s-shaped motifs painted without incising, alternately in light and dark brown pigments
E: missing
F:
Shape: quadrilateral fragment of a straight sided vessel with a slight carination towards the top
Interior: green glaze over a cream slip, a band of incised palmettes and vegetal decoration over a densely spiralling scribbled ground is enclosed by two incised lines above and one below
Exterior: Undecorated yellow glaze applied direct to the body, with some splashes of brown pigment
G:
Shape: triangular fragment of a beaded rim and part of upper body with rounded convex sides
Interior: under the rim, decorated with dark brown pigment, a band of s-shaped motifs decorated alternately in three colours comprising light and dark brown pigments and a thicker layer of slip creating a paler tone under the glaze, is enclosed between two double incised lines, above a scalloped decorative band.
Exterior: the green glaze extends to the rim, below which an yellow glaze is applied direct to the body undecorated except for a circle of brown pigment crossed through by a diagonal line

Place(s) associated

  • Egypt ⪼ Egypt

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Acquisition and important dates

(1948) by Farouk I University, Alexandria, Egypt

Dating

14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1399 CE

School or Style

Mamluk

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of slip ( cream) glaze ( green, yellow) pigment ( light and dark brown)
Interior composed of slip ( cream) glaze ( green) pigment ( light and dark brown)
Rim C Diameter 15 cm
Rim G Diameter 24 cm
Rim D Diameter 26 cm
Foot Ring C Diameter 5.1 cm
Foot Ring A Diameter 7.2 cm
Foot Ring B Diameter 8 cm
Whole B Height 4.3 cm Weight 167 g Width 12.3 cm
Whole G Height 4.8 cm Weight 65 g Width 12.3 cm
Whole A Height 5.9 cm Weight 256 g Width 13.0 cm
Whole D Height 6.0 cm Weight 49 g Width 9.4 cm
Whole F Height 6.4 cm Weight 54 g Width 8.0 cm
Whole C Height 7.2 cm Weight 141 g Width 9.1 cm

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl and cup fragments with reddish body tones, coated in a cream slip, enhanced with light and dark brown pigments and incised under green glaze.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ‘Al-Mu...’ (undeciphered)
  • Location: Interior upper body
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.18.10-1948
Primary reference Number: 72634
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 5 October 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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