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Tile - Glazed tile

Glazed tile

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Gaur (made)

  • Date:

    late 15th century - early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed terracotta

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case J

Physical description

Diamond-shaped, with relief Arabesque-plant having scrolling foliations and palmette-flower, painted in enamel colours in yellow, green and dark-blue on a white ground.

Place of Origin

Gaur (made)


late 15th century - early 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glazed terracotta


Length: 10 5/6 in, Width: 7 3/8 in, Thickness: 1 5/8 in

Object history note

Lent by the Royal Asiatic Society of London to the India Museum. Transferred from the India Museum to South Kensington Museum in November 1879. Renumbered in 1924.

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

(1) Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds. Arts of India: 1550-1900, text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow. London: V&A Publications, 1990, 240 p., ill. ISBN 1851770224 (p.46, No. 31)

Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :

Production Note

Part of eleven terracotta bricks, with ornament modelled and cut by hand mainly in full-relief.

The major part of the ruins of ancient city of Gaur is in Malda District of West Bengal in present day India. Only a small portion of the ruins are in Bangladesh.





Subjects depicted



Tiles; Architecture; Ceramics; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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