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Tile panel

Tile panel

  • Place of origin:

    Bukhara (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1359 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved earthenware under coloured glazes

  • Museum number:

    584 to C-1900

  • 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 ornamental frieze on the entrance of the tomb.

Physical description

Panel of tiles with geometric (octagonal) repeat motif

Place of Origin

Bukhara (made)

Date

ca. 1359 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved earthenware under coloured glazes

Dimensions

Height: 138.2 cm, Width: 26.5 cm, Depth: 7 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Section of an ornamental 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

3 Section from Ornamental Frieze
Carved earthenware under coloured glaze
Museum no. 584-1900

[Jameel Gallery]

Production Note

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

Categories

Tiles; Ceramics

Collection

Middle East Section

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