• Highlights Tour 5


Tilework Cenotaph

Find this object in the Writing in Art Gallery on Floor 2

In some regions of the Islamic world, tombs and grave markers developed through history as artistic and architectural features. This cenotaph comes from the area around the city of Khiva in today’s Uzbekistan, and is decorated with Persian and Arabic poetic lamentations that mourn the deceased. The use of an early form of ‘thuluth’ script and turquoise and cobalt blue tiles are defining features of the region’s artistic style at this time.

PO.289.2004, Glazed Ceramic, Central Asia (Khiva), 14th century CE