© Trustees of the British Museum | Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
© Trustees of the British Museum | Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Untitled (Shah Jahan’s cenotaph in the Taj Mahal)

19th Century

Unknown Artist (Company School)

From the collection

Title

Untitled (Shah Jahan’s cenotaph in the Taj Mahal)

Date

19th Century

Description

Pen and ink drawing, highlighted with watercolour paint on paper of Shah Jahan’s cenotaph in the Taj Mahal. The painting shows the white marble cenotaph raised up on a plinth decorated with repeating floral designs. The cenotaph is formed of seven white marble tiers, each decorated with a different floral pattern which is repeated along the tier. The floral designs were created using the pietra dura technique of inlaying precious and semi-precious stones into the marble to create each design. The floor below the cenotaph’s plinth is also laid out in a geometric pattern of white and black marble. The drawing is framed by a thick black line.
For full details please visit the collection website.

Disclaimer

TWW try to keep the information on this page up to date. However, for the most accurate information you should always consult the owning collection

From the Watercolour World

Location

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Pinpoint

Medium

Spotted an error? Let us know: enq[email protected]colourworld.org

Leave a comment

Do you know more about this painting and the story behind it? Please share your thoughts below.