March 14, 2017

Recap: Delhi and Agra

**To see my art historical recap of Delhi and Agra for the Brooklyn Museum, click here!

{The ultimate expression of eternal love. Commissioned by Shah Jahan (1592-1666) as a mausoleum for his late wife, the Taj Mahal was built over 22 years and required over 20,000 artisans to decorate the white marble structure with intricate carving and inlaid semi-precious stones.}

{The Darwaza-e-rauza (Great Gate) directly faces the Taj Mahal and is architecturally reminiscent of the Mughal architecture of earlier rulers. Its archways mirror the Taj Mahal’s archways.}

{These marble inlay artisans have been using the same techniques as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago when they decorated the Taj Mahal. The formula for their secret glue is handed down only from son to son, making their craft rare even today. Although I couldn’t get ahold of their recipe, I managed to get a small tutorial on making inlay pieces!}

{This inlaid marble panel on the façade of the Taj Mahal exemplifies the floral motif style that is typical of Mughal decoration during the time of Shah Jahan. Such flowers are stemmed and characterised by their delicate lines and colourful petals or intricate carving.}

{Goodbye, Taj Mahal! Next stop: Rajasthan!}

 

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