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  • Place of origin:

    Kashan (made)

  • Date:

    early 13th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware painted in blue and black under a transparent glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 26, shelf 5

Physical description

Bowl of fritware, painted in blue and black under a transparent glaze. The interior base decorated with floral scrolls in white on a blue and black ground. A blue border with pairs of narrow vertical lines in black adorns the rim, and below it, is a band of white with Arabic inscriptions. The exterior with a blue border of a white stylised inscription around the rim.

Place of Origin

Kashan (made)


early 13th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware painted in blue and black under a transparent glaze


Height: 10.8 cm, Diameter: 20.3 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the owner for £5 of Mr. George P.Churchill, of the British Legation, Tehran. No.68 of a collection received of the Museum from Tehran, 29.vii.1917.

Historical context note

This object belongs to a series of objects that were purchased from Mr. George P.Churchill, of the British Legation, at Tehran and then given to the V&A by Mr. V. Wethered. 76. to 82.-1918.

Descriptive line

Bowl of fritware, with decoration in blue and black ground under a transparent glaze, Iran (Kashan), early 13th century.

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

Lane, Arthur. Early Islamic Pottery. London: Faber and Faber, 1947. 52p., ill. p. 45, plate 87B

Labels and date

Siad to have been found at Khar.
Given by Mr. V. Wethered. []


Fritware; Glaze


Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Scrollwork; Floral


Ceramics; Islam


Middle East Section

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