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An image of A three arch balcony panel by

Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

A three arch balcony panel
Place of origin
18th century
Media category
Architectural element
Materials used
pink sandstone

240.0 x 380.0 x 15.0 cm

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

An architectural piece such as this one may have originated from a fort, palace or royal apartments. This three arch balcony panel is surrounded by a border of floral motifs. The arches are symmetrically designed with a central floral motif and floral medallion to either side of each arch. The scalloped arches are decorated with the twisted pattern of a vine or creeper and decorated with a leaf motif. This style of architecture was used for balconies and pavilions, from which courtyard gardens or terraces could be viewed. It also allowed cooling breezes into the living quarters of apartments.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 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, 51.

Sotheby's Australia, Indian art and artefacts from the collection of Joan Bowers, Woollahra, 1998, 19, 45 (colour illus.). Lot 149.

Exhibition history (1)

Rajput: Sons of Kings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Jun 2005–04 Sep 2005