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Glazed tile

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Gaur (West Bengal) (made)

  • Date:

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

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed terracotta

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case Q, shelf 4

Physical description

Glazed tile with raised floral arabesque in blue on a white enamelled background.

Place of Origin

Gaur (West Bengal) (made)


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



Materials and Techniques

Glazed terracotta


Height: 17.8 cm, Width: 12.6 cm, Depth: 4 cm

Object history note

From the ruins of city of Gaur

Historical significance: Example of glazed terracotta tile from the Sultanate Bengal period.

Descriptive line

Raised floral arabesque in blue on a white enamelled background.; Architecture, ceramic, enamelled, Gaur Bengal

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

Mitra, Pratip Kumar, Source Material on the Medieval Cities of Gaur and Pandua (West Bengal, India) in the British Public Collections, Archaeology of Eastern India: New Perspectives, Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training Eastern India, Kolkata 2002, pp279-330, fig.19 (p.328).

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

A part of a cask containing tiles, bricks etc nearly all in fragments. Most likely the tile was originally used inside the Gaur Palace.





Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Tiles; Architecture; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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