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tile

  • Object:

    Border tile

  • Place of origin:

    Panjab (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed earthenware with cuerda seca decoration

  • Museum number:

    IM.300-1923

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 16, shelf 8

This glazed earthenware Mughal 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 were 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).

Physical description

Yellow border tile with two blue stripes and a central foliated floral scroll of roses, quatrefoils and serrated leaves in two shades of blue and pale green.

Place of Origin

Panjab (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Glazed earthenware with cuerda seca decoration

Dimensions

Height: 12.1 cm, Width: 18.6 cm, Depth: 2.7 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 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. The tiles probably were made in Lahore.

Descriptive line

Glazed earthenware, Mughal, ca. 1650

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

p. 216, Cat. 57e
Stronge, S. (Ed.) "The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms", V&A, 1999
p. 74, cat. no.58.6
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

Techniques

Cuerda seca

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

ELISE; Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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