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Untitled (Pietra dura decoration on the screen surrounding the cenotaphs of Shah Jahan and Arjumand Banu Begam)

19th Century

Unknown Artist (Company School)

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Title

Untitled (Pietra dura decoration on the screen surrounding the cenotaphs of Shah Jahan and Arjumand Banu Begam)

Date

19th Century

Description

Watercolour painting, sparsely coloured on paper, of the marble screen that surrounds the cenotaphs of Shah Jahan and Arjumand Banu Begum in the Taj Mahal. The painting shows one side of the octagonal screen which surrounds the two cenotaphs. In the painting, one cenotaph, that of Arjumand Banu Begum, is visible through the open arch in the screen. The screen consists of panels of marble lattice work which are surrounded by rectangular panels of white marble with pietra dura inlay. The design of the pietra dura, which uses precious and semi precious stones to create the patterns, are repeating floral patterns outlined by black and red lines. The top of the screen is decorated with marble finials, also decorated with pietra dura designs. The back of the opposite side of the screen is also visible through the open arch along with the lattice screens which cover the windows of the mausoleum. The painting is framed by a thick black line.
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Location

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Country

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