Group of 12 tiles.
The central panel bears an inscription from
Chapter 9 (At-Taubah), verse 18 of the Noble
'The mosques of Allah shall be maintained only
by those who believe in Allah and on the Last
Day, perform Prayer (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give
Zakat (a form of obligatory charitable donation
and religious tax) and fear none but Allah. It is
they who are on true guidance.'
This magnificent set of tiles comes from Multan ,
in the Punjab province of modern Pakistan. The
dominant building material of this region is mud
brick, which partly explains the popularity of
glazed tiles as a form of architectural decoration.
From the 17th century onwards the evolution of
the arts in Multan was strongly influenced by the
fashions of the Mughal court, a fact evident in
the decorative vocabulary of our piece, especially
in the delicate floral and vegetal motifs
beautifully framing the inscription.
For tiles in the same style see: G. Degeorge and
Y. Porter in 'The Art of the Islamic Tile', p. 244-
253. - (LO.638)