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tile

  • Object:

    Tile

  • Place of origin:

    Kashmir (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with a white slip ground, glazed in cuerda seca technique

  • Museum number:

    IM.250-1923

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case WN

This tile is one of a group acquired in 1923 from Mr Frederick H. Andrews (former principal of the Mayo School of Art, Curator of the Lahore Museum and, later, director of the Technical Institute of Kashmir at Srinagar). He had been living in Srinagar and wrote to the museum in 1922 offering to sell his collection before he left that year to return to the UK. All were acquired in Kashmir. The tiles are said to have come from the tomb of Madani near But Kadal in Srinagar, Kashmir. The 15th century tomb was refurbished during the reign of Shah Jahan and the tiles, in a variety of styles, were presumably made in Kashmir.

Physical description

Part of a tile revetment with a design that would have covered several tiles.This tile has a lapus-lazuli blue ground with painted decoration in lemon-yellow, turquoise and white of flowers on curving stems. The turquoise breast of a bird with yellow wings and its black leg are on one side. The design is outlined in black lines and painted in enamel colours over a white slip.

Place of Origin

Kashmir (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1640 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with a white slip ground, glazed in cuerda seca technique

Dimensions

Height: 19.9 cm, Width: 21.1 cm, Depth: 2.3 cm

Object history note

This tile is one of a group acquired in 1923 from Mr Frederick H. Andrews (former principal of the Mayo School of Art and Curator of the Museum also at Lahore as well as later the director of the Technical Institute of Kashmir at Srinagar). He had been living in Srinagar and wrote to the museum in 1922 offering to sell his collection before he left that year to return to the UK. All were acquired in Kashmir. The tiles are said to have come from the tomb of Madani near But Kadal in Srinagar, Kashmir. They probably were made in Kashmir.

Descriptive line

Glazed earthenware tile, probably Kashmir, c. 1640

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

Crill, Rosemary, The Indian Heritage: Court Life and Arts under Mughal Rule, V&A Museum, 1982, ISBN 0906969263, no.5.
p. 74, cat. no. 58.3
Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.
cat. no.5
Skelton, Robert, et al, The Indian Heritage. Court life and Arts under Mughal Rule London: The Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982

Materials

Earthenware (red); Enamel paint; Slip (coating), white

Techniques

Cuerda seca

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Bird

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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