A MUGHAL CUT-MOSAIC POTTERY TILE PANEL, NORTH INDIA/PAKISTAN, 17TH CENTURY
the mosaic tiles fitted together forming a floral stem within a lobed arch, with cobalt blue, light blue, green, burgundy, orange and white glazes, mounted in metal frame for display
tile panel: 50 by 36cm.
63cm. height with stand.
The tile panel with some surface chips, minor sections missing, abrasion to extremities particularly, hairline cracks, few minor old restorations, set in frame - loose, please consult a professional restorer about further conservation of this piece, as viewed.
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Similar floral cut-tile mosaic niches can be found in Lahore Fort in Pakistan, completed in 1631 (Degorge and Porter 2002, p.263) and in the mosque of Wazir Khan, also in Lahore completed three years later which has been described as ‘undoubtedly the richest Mughal monument in terms of ceramic decoration’ (ibid., pp.260-1).