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Jar: OC.141-1946

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a brown slip painted in white under or over a clear glaze

Brown earthenware coated in a brown slip painted in white under, or over a clear glaze.
Shape: flat base with an inverted pear shaped body, collared neck and a triangular rim. Rim and neck are irregular probably as a result of sagging in the kiln.
Exterior: rim and neck are painted with rows of dots between concentric lines. On the shoulder a Kufic inscription is surrounded by dots. On the body, between two bands of geometric decoration, a frieze of birds and cyprees trees are painted between a background of contour panels containing peacocks eyes and dots.
Interior: surface is glazed but undecorated.


History note: Bought from Garabed, Sept. 1923

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Oscar Raphael Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17 cm
Weight: 564 g
Width: 14.1 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Nishapur ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Raphael, Oscar C.


10th Century
Circa 900 CE - 999 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of slip ( brown, coats surface) glaze ( clear, crazed) slip ( white, used to paint decoration on the more recent fragments) slip ( white, used to paint decoration)
Base Diameter 6.8 cm
Rim Diameter 9.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Brown earthenware coated in a brown slip painted in white under, or over a clear glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.141-1946
Primary reference Number: 77566
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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