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A Group of Architectural glazed Tiles - LO.638
Origin: Pakistan
Circa: 18 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD
Dimensions: 31" (78.7cm) high x 84" (213.4cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Earthenware

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Group of 12 tiles. The central panel bears an inscription from Chapter 9 (At-Taubah), verse 18 of the Noble Qur’an: '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) - (LO.638)


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