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Timurid epigraphic cut-tile mosaic panel

Once part of a monumental inscription executed in opus sectile, a mosaic technique where the elements of design elements are cut to shape and fitted together to form the desired composition. The material from which the pieces of this mosaic were cut was provided by brilliantly-glazed monochrome tiles fired in deep cobalt blue, rich ochre-yellow, emerald green and light blue

A complete frieze in similar colours and style appears above the entryway to the foundation of Muhammad Sultan in the Gur-i Amir in Samarqand, Uzbekistan (illustrated in: Chuvin, P., and Degeorge, G., Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Paris, 2001, pp.14-15)

Central Asia

Height: 44 cm
Width: 52.5 cm

Size / Dimensions
Mount size: 53 x 63 cm

Collection of Carl Johan Lamm (1902 – 1981), Sweden
Sotheby’s London, 29/04/1992, lot 93 (part of)
Acquired there by AXIA