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Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

A four-arch chattri section
Place of origin
17th century-18th century
Media category
Architectural element
Materials used
yellow sandstone

270.0 x 417.0 x 145.0 cm overall

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1998
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The term "chattri" refers to an unbrella shaped dome or a pavillion bearing such a doomed roof. Such pavillions were often set in elaborate gardens or grouped together in a formal arrangement around a reservoir or pool as hot weather retreats in Mughal and Rujput India. Some may have been intended as commemorative or funerary monuments, however "chattris" were generally designed as resting places for courtiers and sovereigns on excursion from the capital.

This section of a "chattri" includes four scalloped and relief carved arches decorated with floral and vegetal motifs. The arches rest on double-pilaster columns with lotus capitals and bases and includes a corner column. This section of a "chattri" is made of the honey-coloured sandstone characteristic of Jaisalmer architecture.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1998.

Bibliography (3)

Phillip Davies, The Penguin Guide to the Monuments of India: Vol. II: Islamic, Rajput, European, London, 1989.

George Michell and Antonio Martinelli (Editors), The royal palaces of India, London, 1994.

Sotheby's Australia, Indian art and artefacts from the collection of Joan Bowers, Woollahra, 1998, 12. lot 29