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Tile Window Grille

A work made of glazed fritware tiles cut and reassembled as a mosaic.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glazed fritware tiles cut and reassembled as a mosaic.


Timurid dynasty (1370-1507), 15th century



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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Arts of Asia




Tile Window Grille


Iran (Object made in)

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Glazed fritware tiles cut and reassembled as a mosaic


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

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Gift of Arthur Upham Pope

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