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Tiles with spiral vines from the Mausoleum of Bayan Qulï Khan

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1354BukharaFritwearH 125 cm; W 59 cm

These tiles originate from the mausoleum of Bayan Qulï Khan, who was murdered in 1358. He was the 25th successor of Genghis Khan (1155/62/67-1227) and ruled over a small part of the enormous Mongol Empire. His tomb is located in Bukhara, a city located in today’s Uzbekistan. The mausoleum was decorated with tiles both in the interior and on the exterior. This arrangement of tiles illustrated with spiral vines belongs to the exterior. On these tiles the adornment has not been painted; rather it has been incised into the clay using a complicated relief-technique.