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Sherd: C.517-1991

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Fritware painted in blue under a white glaze

Fritware, probably mould made, painted in blue under a white glaze
Shape: irregular base fragment incorporating foot ring
Interior: on the base a duck is painted amongst sprouting leafy vegetation
Exterior: a concentric line is painted on the foot ring; the underside bears the workshop mark ‘Ghaibi’ in the abbreviated form of a letter ghain with three dots below and one above. Coated in glaze, except on the rim of the foot ring.


History note: Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

Legal notes

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 2 cm
Weight: 58 g
Width: 7.2 cm

Relative size of this object

7.2 cm2 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

  • Fostat ⪼ Egypt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Mid 15th century
Circa 1420 CE - Circa 1499 1499 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Foot Ring: Diameter 5.8 cm

Materials used in production

blue, cobalt Pigment white, coats sherd except for the rim of the foot ring Glaze Fritware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, probably mould made, painted in blue under a white glaze
Painting underglaze Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted under the glaze

  • Text: غ
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in blue
  • Inscription

Inscription present: hand written directly onto surface

  • Text: 15
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.517-1991
Primary reference Number: 75365
Packing number: ISCER 656
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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