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Unknown, potter, Iran
Unknown, pottery, Egypt


Frank Brangwyn Collection


glazed earthenware


Islamic pottery; category
colour splashed ware; category


circa 800 circa 999




9th-10th century


earthenware coated in a white slip splashed in yellow and brown under a colourless glaze
buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip splashed in yellow and brown under a colourless glaze
Shape: hemispherical bowl with everted rim, sits on a disc base
Interior: radiating from the base a five pointed star, with each arm comprising three yellow lines. Brown vertical streaks are painted between the arms of the star. A scar on the upper body indicates contact with another vessel during firing, further marks on the base point to the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln.
Exterior: splashes of colour from the interior run over onto the upper body. Glaze extends over the entire surface.


throwing; whole
slip-coating; interior; white
slip-coating; exterior upper body; white
splashing; interior; brown, yellow
glazing (coating); whole; colourless


earthenware; whole
slip; whole; white
pigment; interior; brown, yellow
glaze; whole; colourless


buff earthenware, wheel thrown, coated in a white slip splashed with yellow and brown under a colourless glaze


height, whole, 6.5, cm
width, whole, 19.6, cm
diameter, rim, 19.6, cm
diameter, base, 9.7, cm
weight, whole, 501, g


bought; 1935; Brangwyn, Frank


Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Acquisition Credit:

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund


label; exterior body; printed, stamped; pink paper label with serrated upper and left hand edge; dealer's label
label; exterior base; printed, typed, hand written; 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '70' hand written in black, '21' hand written in pencil; rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge; Possibly Victoria and Albert Museum label
inscription; exterior base; hand written in pencil; ‘70’; written directly onto the vessel surface; old object number


old number; 65; Brangwyn collection


Fehervari, Geza. 1973. Islamic Pottery, A comprehensive study based on the Barlow Collection.London: Faberp. 35-40
Cf. similar form with green splashed decoration see No. 3, Plate 4a. Ref. on splashed wares

Philon, Helen. 1980. Early Islamic Ceramics: Ninth to Late Twelfth Centuries (Benaki Museum, Athens).London: Islamic Art Publications SAp. 35-62
Cf. similar form and decoration see fig. 97 (p. 49). Ref. on wares decorated with different colours

Wilkinson, C.. 1974. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period.New York: Metropolitan Museum of Artp. 54-89
Cf. similar shape see catalogue number 2 (p. 58). Ref. on colour splashed wares

Morgan, P.. Grube, Ernst J.. 1994. Abbasid Opaque White-Glazed Wares.Oxford: Oxford University Press
Source Title: Cobalt Blue and Lustre. The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery. The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art()
p. 36-45
Cf. similar shaped bowls but with green not brown decoration see catalogue numbers 33-35 (p.44). Ref. on wares splashed with pigment under the Abbasids


Object Number: C.65-1935
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 75751; input: 2004-03-11; modified: 2016-07-12)


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