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  • Place of origin:

    Kashan (made)

  • Date:

    1175 - 1225 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware with underglaze painting and incised

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 26, shelf 4

Physical description

Fritware tankard, of bulbous shape on small foot, with a small ring handle with a thumb piece. Decoration in black under a turquoise glaze, two bands - one below the rim, the other on the lower body - with inscriptions incised through a black slip, in between the bands are arabesques patterns with stylised leaves, the latter decorated with a hatched star pattern. The lower body with alternating 'willow sprays' and stylised leaves, the foot is partly unglazed.

Place of Origin

Kashan (made)


1175 - 1225 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware with underglaze painting and incised


Height: 11.2 cm

Descriptive line

Fritware tankard, with incised and underglaze painted decoration in black under a turquoise glaze, Iran (Kashan), late 12th century to early 13th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Illustration in Arthur, Lane, 'Early Islamic Pottey in the Collection of Sir Ernest Debenham (Connoisseur CXIX, 1947, p.23, 12o xi, right)'. Sotheby's sales catalogue 20 July 1953, part of lot 153.


Fritware; Slip; Glaze


Painted; Glazed; Incised

Subjects depicted

Arabesques; Willow; Scrolls; Leaves


Ceramics; Islam


Middle East Section

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