A MONUMENTAL TIMURID CALLIGRAPHIC CUERDA SECA POTTERY TILE, CENTRAL ASIA OR EASTERN PERSIA, 15TH CENTURY
of rectangular form, decorated in blue, turquoise, brick-red and black outlined with a section of a calligraphic inscription in white between scrolling stems
45 by 38 by 3cm.
Fragmentary, although intact, edges with chips and abrasion; slight iridescence to cobalt blue, with hairline craquelure, as viewed.
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Christie's London, 6 October 2011, lot 111.
Ex-private collection, UK, since 1980s.
Ex-private collection, Asia, since 1970s.
Fragmentary, al-shari’ah wa (possibly meant as ‘the law of God and’)
The treatment of the decoration is typical of cuerda seca tiles of this period. Similar designs are found on the decoration of the Bibi Khanum in Samarqand (built 1398-1405) and the Madrasa al-Ghiyathiyah at Khargird (built 1442-46), as well as on examples in the British Museum, inv.nos. OA+.14398, OA+.10661.1-2 (Porter 1995, p.66, no.59). A similar tile was offered in these rooms, 12 October 2000, lot 132.