Calligraphic Panel - Mughal Tile Work (by ||| Tammie)
A small portion of a larger calligraphic panel, this tile work is a technique that was mastered by the Mughals, and comprises individually cut-out pieces of glazed tile which were fitted together like a mozaic. Called ‘Kashikari’, this example is on the east-facing façade of the main prayer chamber of the Wazir Khan Mosque. It dates back to 1634 under the reign of Shah Jahan, but may have undergone sympathetic restoration some time in the 20th Century. Hairline cracks are now appearing on the white-glazed areas, but the thicker original cuts can still be identified, dividing the larger white areas into more manageable smaller pieces.