Window Grille

A work made of fritware tiles with polychrome glazes, cut and reassembled as a mosaic.
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  • A work made of fritware tiles with polychrome glazes, cut and reassembled as a mosaic.

Date:

c. 15th century

Artist:

Iran

About this artwork

The production of carved and glazed architectural ceramics continued to develop in western Central Asia under the Timurids. A highly geometric decorative scheme was incorporated into the tile design of both religious and secular monuments in these regions, including this window grille. This monumental example emphasizes its geometric composition while also demonstrating an organic relationship with the structure; the voids in the pattern function as the window openings. A window grille such as this one might have decorated the drum of a domed chamber or the hallway of a prominent building.

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Asian Art

Culture

Islamic

Title

Window Grille

Origin

Iran

Date

1401–1500

Medium

Fritware tiles with polychrome glazes, cut and reassembled as a mosaic

Dimensions

156.2 x 128.3 x 4.2 cm (61 1/2 x 50 1/2 x 1 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur Upham Pope

Reference Number

1931.468

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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