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Title

Painting of the Taj Mahal on ivory

circa 1860s


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

North India India


Date

circa 1860s


Media category

Painting


Materials used

pigment on ivory with oval brass frame


Dimensions


Credit

Gift of Jim Masselos 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

87.2012



Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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