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Bowl: OC.145-1946

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware coated in a white glaze painted in two tone lustre

Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in an opaque white glaze painted in yellow and ruby lustre. Shape: hemispherical bowl with everted rim, sits on a low foot ring. Interior: the rim is painted with a dotted concentric band in yellow lustre. On the body, reserved in ruby lustre, a frieze of medallions alternately contains peacock’s eyes or cross-hatching, painted in yellow. The roundel on the base contains yellow asterisk and ruby dots surrounded by a band of yellow leaves. Exterior: two bands of horizontal lines of ruby lustre cover the surface, while on the underside of the foot ring what maybe an Arabic inscription is painted in ruby lustre.


History note: Said to have been excavated north of Hamadan. Bought from Vignier, May 1931.

Legal notes

Oscar Raphel Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.3 cm
Weight: 218 g
Width: 15.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Basra ⪼ Iraq

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Acquisition and important dates

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


9th Century
Circa 800 CE - Circa 899 CE


Rare example of ruby lustre

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Components of the work

Rim Diameter 15.6 cm
Base Diameter 6.2 cm

Materials used in production

opaque white Glaze
ruby red and yellow lustre Oxide colours

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in an opaque white glaze painted in yellow and ruby lustre
Glazing (coating)
Painting overglaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.145-1946
Primary reference Number: 77573
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 February 2024 Last processed: Wednesday 14 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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