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Unknown (potter)


Henry Scipio Reitlinger


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


bowl fragment



Monumental style


Fritware with white and blue glaze, painted in lustre

Pale buff fritware fragment, probably wheel thrown, with white and blue slightly crazed glazes painted in yellow-brown lustre. Shape: two joining roughly semi-circular fragments form base of dish or bowl sitting on a low foot ring. Interior: seated figure painted in reserve against a lustred background decorated with scrolling vines and contained within a concentric circle. The figure wears a hat and robe the latter decorated with groups of three dots. A small dot of blue is splashed on the figure’s head. Exterior: coated with a blue glaze which runs unevenly over the lower body towards the foot ring.

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Pale buff fritware fragment, probably wheel thrown, with white and blue slightly crazed glazes painted in yellow-brown lustre


height: (whole): 2.8 cm
width: (whole): 16.5 cm
diameter: (base): 13 cm
weight: (whole): 254 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. Lane, Arthur (1947) Early Islamic Pottery, London: Faber and Faber
    [comments: Cf. depiction of seated figures dressed in robes with three dot patterns and surrounded by vines see catalogue number 58A (except here multiple figures in cartouches)]
  2. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 45-67]
    [comments: Ref. on monumental style]
  3. Watson, Oliver (2004) Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London: Thames & Hudson [page: 350-351]
    [comments: Cf. blue glaze exteriors on monumental style vessels see catalogue numbers Cat.O.5 and Cat. O.7]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.439-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75095; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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