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Ralph Pinder-Wilson, Rudolf Abraham, Manijeh Bayani, Mitchel Crites, Javad Golmohammadi
The monumental stone carvings in the Collection fall broadly within two categories. The first includes an impressive array of carved stones used in architectural decoration - from Ghaznavid marble panels with arabesques and inscriptions to Mughal jali screens intricately carved in marble and red sandstone. The second comprises tombstones in a variety of shapes ans sizes from the Middle East, North Africa, Iran, Turkey, Afghaistan and India.
Among the objects carved in wood are a signed and dated cenotaph of the late 15th century from Mazandaran, in north-western Iran; a pair of carved Mughal doors decorated with flowers in relief; and a carved and painted pair from Morocco, decorated with geometric designs.
Among the Saljuq works in stucco are a richly dressed figure carved in high relief, and a sculpture of the head of a prince. Both retain traces of painting.
Also included in this volune are glazed tiles illustrating the various styles and techniques used in Islamic tile production from the 12th to the 19th centuries. There are examples from Iran, Turkey, Syria and Spain, as well as a large group from Multan.
Ralph Pinder-Wilson was formerly Keeper, Department of Oriental Antiquities, British Museum, London, and has made an outstanding contribution to the study of the decorative arts of Islam.
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