Square tile with holy names in square kufic scriptOn display
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The tile is inscribed with the names of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad, and his son-in-law and successor Ali in square kufic script.
Square tile with holy names in square kufic script
Date15th century (1401 - 1500)
Timurid Period (1370 - 1507)
Material and technique
fritware, with decoration in coloured glazes applied in the cuerda seca technique
Dimensions19 x 17 x 2.5 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by J. P. D. Dunbabin, 2003.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 31 | Islamic Middle East
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Glossary of terms
Ceramic material composed of ground quartz and small quantities of clay and finely ground frit (frit is obtained by pouring molten glass into water).
A term denoting various styles of angular Arabic script. Emerged in the early centuries of Islam, kufic soon became the preferred hand to copy holy texts.