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Tiles: C.3-X

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Group of four earthenware tiles, mould made, carved decoration covered with brown, lustrous glaze
Shape: square tile with slightly bevelled edges
Upper surface: carved decoration covered with brown glaze comprises a frieze of calligraphy and split palmettes, framed by bands on the upper and lower edges.
Underside: remnants of plaster visible in small areas, otherwise undecorated


History note: Unknown

Legal notes

Date of acquisition and donor unknown

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.8 cm
Height: 10.2 cm
Width: 10.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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14th-16th century
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1599 CE


Similar friezes are in the Dar al-Batha Museum, the Madrash al Bu'naniyah, Madrash Bin Yusuf and Madrash al'Attarin all in Fez; the Jami'Sidi Bin Nasr in Tetuan; the adrash Abul Hasan al-Marini in Sale; the Dar al-Glawi in Marrakesh; the Dar al-Qasbah Museum in Tangiers. A tile from Sale is in the Louvre. A frieze in situ is at the Mausoleum of the Sultans of the Sa'adian Dynasty, Marrakesh. The inscription on this group of tiles is not the same as that on the Fitzwilliam's, which appears to have one or more tiles missing.

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Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of glaze ( brown, lustrous, applied to carved decoration only)

Materials used in production

pinkish-buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Group of four earthenware tiles, mould made, carved decoration covered with brown, lustrous glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: cursive inscription carved directly onto tile surface

  • Text: undeciphered
  • Location: Upper surface
  • Method of creation: Carved and glazed
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-X
Primary reference Number: 17480
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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