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Sherd: C.18.8-1948

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Three earthenware fragments, all with cream slip incised under a yellow glaze, enhanced with areas of dark brown and green underglaze pigment

Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl fragments of reddish body tone, coated with cream slip incised under yellow glaze, the patterns enhanced with limited small patches of dark brown and green pigment
Shape: Fragment, with foot ring, base and section of a carinated lower body
Interior: Yellow surface colour produced by a cream slip coating under a yellow glaze, a splash of dark brown pigment in the centre of the base. On the base a four-part interlocking pattern of abstract floral and angular motifs over a background of scribbled spirals is framed by a deeply incised concentric circle.
Exterior: Undecorated yellow glaze thinly applied over a cream slip, pooling under the carination and running over onto the foot ring. The underside of the foot ring is unglazed.
Shape: Fragment of a vessel with conical walls
Interior: Yellow glaze over a cream slip. The lower part of a group of incised calligraphy is visible, with small circles incised between selected uprights. Patches of green and brown pigment used to highlight selected areas.
Exterior: Plain undecorated yellow glaze over a thinly applied cream slip
Shape: Fragment of a vessel, with part of upper body and flanged rim
Interior: Cream slip coating incised under a yellow glaze. The flanged rim is decorated with a band of scrolling vines and split palmettes over a background of scribbled spirals, while the upper body bears two six-pointed rosettes reserved on a circular carved background, each enclosed within an incised circle.
Exterior: A thin layer of yellow glaze applied over a thin cream slip, undecorated


History note: From Farouk I University Alexandria

Place(s) associated

  • Egypt ⪼ Egypt

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Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, Late-14th Century
Circa 1250 CE - Circa 1399 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of slip ( cream) pigment ( dark brown) glaze ( yellow)
Exterior Body composed of slip ( cream) pigment ( green, brown) glaze ( yellow)
Rim C Diameter 22 cm
Foot Ring A Diameter 7.5 cm
Whole C Height 12 cm Weight 123 g Width 8.6 cm
Whole B Height 13 cm Weight 64 g Width 15.9 cm
Whole A Height 4.2 cm Weight 199 g Width 13.5 cm

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Techniques used in production

Throwing : Wheel-thrown earthenware bowl fragments of reddish body tone, coated with cream slip incised under yellow glaze, the patterns enhanced with limited small patches of dark brown and green pigment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.18.8-1948
Primary reference Number: 72657
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 April 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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