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Unknown (potter)


Henry Scipio Reitlinger


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


dish fragment





Monumental style


Fritware with blue and white glaze painted with lustre

Buff fritware fragment, wheel thrown, with blue (pitted) and white glaze, both crazed and decorated with yellow-brown lustre. Shape: roughly rectangular fragment forms profile of a dish with wide, everted rim and a low foot ring. Interior: on the lip painted lustre forms a frieze of scrolling vegetation, enclosed, above and below, by concentric bands both of which are splashed with blue from the exterior glaze. On the body, painted in reserve against a lustre background, a frieze depicts a seated figure wearing a robe decorated with series of three dots. The figure is flanked either side by arabesques painted in lustre. On the base another figure, also painted in reserve against a lustred background but only partly visible due the fragmentary nature of the dish, wears a headdress. Exterior: a band of lustre decorates the rim and a frieze of Arabic script (probably cursive) is painted faintly in lustre on the upper body. The blue glaze covers the surface unevenly to a half way point on the foot ring.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Buff fritware fragment, wheel thrown, with blue (pitted) and white glaze, both crazed and decorated with yellow-brown lustre


height: (whole): 10.2 cm
width: (whole): 21.7 cm
diameter: (rim): 24 cm
diameter: (base): 10 cm
weight: (whole): 699 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. inscription
    Position: exterior body
    Method: painted in lustre
    Description: a frieze of script is painted faintly in lustre on the upper body
    Language: arabic (probably cursive)


  1. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 45-67]
    [comments: Cf. vessel form see figure 1. (p. 50); C/F scrolling vegetal decoration; arabesques and seated figures with three dots on robes see catalogue 28 (p. 62). Ref. for monumental style]
  2. Watson, Oliver (2004) Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London: Thames & Hudson [page: 350]
    [comments: Cf. Arabic inscription on blue glaze on vessel exterior see catalogue number: Cat. O. 5]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.438-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75093; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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