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Tile panel

Tile panel

  • Place of origin:

    Bukhara (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1359 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved earthenware under coloured glazes

  • Museum number:

    2031:1 to 8-1899

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case WW9 []

At Bukhara in Uzbekistan, a magnificent domed mausoleum was erected over the grave of a Muslim descendant of the great Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan. For a time this man, Buyanquli Khan, was the puppet ruler of parts of Central Asia, but in 1358, when he tried to assert his own authority, he was assassinated by a local warlord.

Buyanquli's tomb was built in a cemetery on the outskirts of Bukhara. The entire building was covered in tiles, inside and out.

The tiles were deeply carved with inscriptions and other ornament, and covered with coloured glazes before the final firing. This impressive technique was used in Central Asia only for a brief period, from around 1350 to the early 15th century.

These tiles come from an inscription frieze which framed the building's entrance.

Physical description

Panel of tiles with part of an inscription. Carved earthenware with a turquoise glaze.

Place of Origin

Bukhara (made)


ca. 1359 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved earthenware under coloured glazes


Height: 50.5 cm, Width: 224.4 cm, Depth: 8 cm

Object history note

Taken from the facade of the tomb of Buyanquli Khan in Bukhara.

Descriptive line

Section of an inscription frieze from the tomb of Buyanquli Khan, Uzbekistan (Bukhara), about 1358

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

1-13 Tiles from the Tomb of Buyanquli Khan
Uzbekistan, Bukhara
About 1358

1 Section from Inscription Frieze
From frame around entrance
Carved earthenware under coloured glaze
Museum no. 2031-1899

Production Note

From the tomb of Buyanquli Khan in Bukhara (modern Uzbekistan).


Ceramics; Tiles


Middle East Section

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