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Unknown (potter)


Henry Scipio Reitlinger


fritware (stonepaste)
Islamic pottery (sub-category)lustreware (sub-category)





Monumental style


Fritware dish with white glaze and lustre decoration

Buff fritware, wheel thrown in sections, covered with a white, opaque crazed glaze and decorated with lustre. Shape: shallow conical bowl with low foot ring which has slightly flaring sides. Interior: decorated in lustre with a band on rim and a radiating pattern on the body, comprising four fleshy plamettes separated by ‘V’ shaped panels densely decorated with dots and scrolls. Exterior: Undecorated except for splashes of lustre irregularly spaced over the body and a clear, crazed glaze which coats the body covering the upper part of the foot ring. Scorch mark on body from firing process.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Buff fritware, wheel thrown in sections, covered with a clear, crazed glaze and decorated with lustre.


height: (whole): 5.3 cm
width: (whole): 17.2 cm
diameter: (rim): 17.2 cm
diameter: (base): 6.1 cm
weight: (whole): 327 g


late 12th Century


circa 1179 to 1198


bequeathed: Reitlinger, Henry Scipio 1950 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

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

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


  1. label
    Position: exterior base
    Method: hand written in pencil
    Content: 116
    Description: circular label with a scalloped edge


  1. Lane, Arthur (1947) Early Islamic Pottery, London: Faber and Faber
    [comments: Cf. very similar vessels shape, except for slightly shallower dish, but with different decoration see catalogue number 48]
  2. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 45-67]
    [comments: Cf. similar arabesque design catalogue number 13 (p. 12) and Ref. for monumental style, of which this is an example]
  3. Morgan, P. (1994) Iranian Stone-Paste Pottery of the Saljuq Period. Types and Distribution, : Oxford University Press [page: 147-247]
    Source title: Cobalt Blue and Lustre. The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery. The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art. (
    [comments: Cf. similar shape ‘tazza’ or dish but with different rims see catalogue numbers 264, 274, 277 (p. 235-243) and for general ref on Iranian lustre wares]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.432-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75080; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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