Tile Tomb Plaques "Lauh I Mazar"

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BLUE AND WHITE, TOPS ARCHED, WHITE SILICEOUS SLIPRECESSED CENTRAL PANELS WITH CALLIGRAPHY IN BLUE BRUSHWORK, BORDERS WITH FLORAL DESIGNS IN BLUE AND TURQUOISE, CLEAR ALKALINE GLAZE. A & B. A MADE IN 1971, NOT FIELD CATALOGUED BUT ASSIGNED COLLECTOR'S NUMBER AND DESCRIBED. B WITHOUT ANY IDENTIFICATION.
The plaques were on display in the National Museum of Natural History exhibit "Objects of Wonder", 2017 - 2021. Exhibit label identifies: Pair of tomb plaques (head and foot), Pakistani, Pakistan, 1971; Clay, siliceous slip, paint. Pakistani master potters made tiles like these for the tombs of Muslim saints to identify and celebrate them. The writing on these sample tiles from Khuda Baksh’s workshop praise Saint Meeyan Ahmeed-deen in Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu.
Record Last Modified
5 Aug 2018
Specimen Count
2
Collector
Dr. Donald M. Godden
Charles F. Walton
Owen S. Rye
Donor Name
Dr. Donald M. Godden
Accession Date
20 Sep 1985
Collection Date
1971
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Accession Number
361234
USNM Number
E417194-0
Culture
Multani
Topic
Ethnology
Place
Multan, Punjab, Pakistan, Asia
Height - Object
28.2 cm
Width - Object
26 cm
Depth - Object
6.8 cm
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Object Type
Plaque