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  • Object:

    Tile, Mughal

  • Place of origin:

    Panjab (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with cuerda seca decoration

  • Museum number:

    IM.251-1923

  • Gallery location:

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

This Mughal glazed earthenware tile is one of a group acquired in 1923 from Mr Frederick H. Andrews. He had been living in Srinagar as Director of the Technical Institute of Kashmir, and wrote to the museum in 1922 offering to sell his collection before he left that year to return to the UK. The tiles are said to have come from the tomb of Madani near But Kadal in Srinagar, Kashmir. The building dates from the mid-fifteenth century, but a tiled gateway was added by order of Shah Jahan (r. 1628-58).

Physical description

This square glazed earthenware tile is part of a decorative panel which has a deep cobalt blue ground overlaid with a fine floral and foliated scroll, over which there is part of a broad yellow arabesque in which there is a trailing floral and foliated stem. This is similar in style to IM.252-1923.

Place of Origin

Panjab (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with cuerda seca decoration

Dimensions

Height: 20.6 cm, Width: 19.1 cm, Depth: 2.7 cm

Object history note

This tile is one of a group acquired in 1923 from Mr Frederick H. Andrews. He had been living in Srinagar where he had been Director of the Technical Institute of Kashmir and wrote to the museum in 1922 offering to sell his collection before he left that year to return to the UK. The tiles are said to have come from the tomb of Madani near But Kadal in Srinagar, Kashmir. The building dates from the mid-fifteenth century, but it was refurbished by a Mughal nobleman in Shah Jahan’s time.

Descriptive line

glazed earthenware, c. 1650

Materials

Earthenware (red); Enamel paint; Glaze

Techniques

Cuerda seca

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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