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.
Currently Off View
- Asian Art
- Window Grille
- Fritware tiles with polychrome glazes, cut and reassembled as a mosaic
- 156.2 x 128.3 x 4.2 cm (61 1/2 x 50 1/2 x 1 5/8 in.)
- Gift of Arthur Upham Pope