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tile

  • Object:

    Tile

  • Place of origin:

    Panjab (probably, made)
    Kashmir (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed, cuerda seca technique

  • Museum number:

    IM.247-1923

  • Gallery location:

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

This glazed Mughal tile dating to the reign of Shah Jahan (1628-1658) is one of a group acquired from Mr. Frederick H. Andrews in 1923. He had been living in Kashmir 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 and are associated with the 15th century tomb of Sayyid Muhammad Madani in Bud Kadal, Zadibal, Srinagar. During Shah Jahan's reign, the exterior was embellished with polychrome glazed tiles in the characteristic floral style of the period. An extensive group of tiles was discovered beneath debris next to the tomb when it was restored in the 1980s. These are now in the reserves of the Srinagar Museum and include tiles similar to those in the V&A.

Physical description

Part of a panel decorated with flowers in greyish blue, white and orange with pale green stems on a yellow ground.The half vase is orange with arabesque decoration in greyish blue and white.

Place of Origin

Panjab (probably, made)
Kashmir (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Glazed, cuerda seca technique

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm, Width: 20.4 cm, Depth: 2.3 cm

Object history note

This tile is one of a group of 63 acquired from Mr. Frederick H. Andrews in 1923. 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, and were associated with the 15th century tomb of Madan Sahib (popularly known as the 'tomb of Madani'), and were therefore later embellishments.

Descriptive line

Glazed, Mughal ca. 1650

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

Cat. 55, p.215
Stronge, S. (Ed.) "The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms", V&A, 1999
p. 74 cat. no. 58.2
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.

Techniques

Glazed

Subjects depicted

Vase, Urn; Flowers

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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