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Collection

An image of Painting of the Taj Mahal on ivory by

North India, India

Title
Painting of the Taj Mahal on ivory
Place of origin
North IndiaIndia
Year
circa 1860s
Media category
Painting
Materials used
pigment on ivory with oval brass frame
Dimensions
Credit
Gift of Jim Masselos 2012
Accession number
87.2012
Location
Not on display
Further information

Apart from the countless number of images of the Taj Mahal produced for popular consumption as paintings, watercolours and photographs, the Taj was also painted on other media, such as ivory. The Gallery has another medallion (acc.no. 2404.), the first Indian work of art to enter the collection, which depicts two figures, probably Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, whose popularity among foreign visitors as a subject for souvenirs is outstripped only by that of the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum by Shah Jahan to the memory of his beloved wife after her death in 1631, had an enormous impact on all foreign visitors who admired, and continue to admire, its architectural perfection and romantic genesis.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2012.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Love in India', pg 12-13, Newtown, Oct 2014, 12-13 (colur illus.).