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tile

  • Object:

    Tile

  • Place of origin:

    Panjab (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with slip coating and cuerda seca decoration

  • Museum number:

    IM.246-1923

  • Gallery location:

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

This glazed earthenware tile is one of a group of mid-17th century Mughal tiles 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 was refurbished by a Mughal nobleman in Shah Jahan’s reign (1628-1658). The tiles were possibly made in Lahore.

Physical description

Rectangular earthenware tile with a yellow ground decorated with part of a design of flowering plants in a baluster-shaped vase, painted in cuerda seca technique. Half of the orange vase, which has grey arabesque decoration highlighted in white, is on the left hand side while on the other side a spray of flowers includes two-toned grey roses with blue leaves, orange tulips and stems with blue buds, and other orange and grey flowers also with green stems and leaves.

Place of Origin

Panjab (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with slip coating and cuerda seca decoration

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm, Width: 20 cm, Depth: 2.3 cm

Object history note

This tile is one of a group of 63 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 it was refurbished by a Mughal nobleman in Shah Jahan’s time. The tiles probably were made in Lahore.

Descriptive line

Glazed earthenware tile, Mughal, c. 1650

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

p. 74 cat. no. 58.1
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.

Production Note

India

Materials

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

Techniques

Cuerda seca

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Vase, Urn

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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