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tile

  • Object:

    Tile

  • Place of origin:

    Panjab (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware and cuerda seca decoration

  • Museum number:

    IM.260-1923

  • Gallery location:

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

This earthenware tile glazed in cuerda seca technique is one of a group all said to have come from the tomb of Madani near But Kadal in Srinagar, Kashmir. The building is of mid-fifteenth century date, but was refurbished by a Mughal nobleman in the reign of Shah Jahan with tiles made in an unknown centre, probably in the Mughal province of Panjab.

Physical description

A border tile with three bands of scrolling decoration divided by orange guard stripes. The central larger band has a green ground and a yellow scroll with alternate blue and orange flower buds. The two outer bands are identical with blue grounds and scrolling yellow tendrils with green leaves and orange flowers.

Place of Origin

Panjab (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware and cuerda seca decoration

Dimensions

Height: 20 cm, Width: 20.1 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. The tiles probably were made in Lahore.

Descriptive line

Architecture, ceramic, glazed, Mughal, c. 1650

Materials

Earthenware (red); Enamel paint

Techniques

Cuerda seca

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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