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Jali screens

18th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Jali Zaroka
    Place where the work was made
    Jaisalmer Rajasthan India
    18th century
    Media category
    Architectural element
    Materials used
    yellow sandstone
    222.0 x 287.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1998
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    This sandstone facade of a Jaisalmer town house or "haveli" is composed of four sections of "jali" work: two on either side of a central window. The window section is framed by narrow lotus-capital pilasters supporting a scalloped arch with foliate design. This arched window frame supports a section of an umbrella dome or "chattri". This facade is made of the local honey-coloured sandstone which is characteristic of the architecture of Jaisalmer. The elaborate and intricate "jali" work is in the design of the flowers and vegetal motifs. The term "jali" refers to the pierced ornamental screens incorporated into a window opening. The technique of "jali" provided for ventilation and sun control in the harsh desert climate of Jaisalmer. But "jalis" were also used as a way of screening the women of these households who would have lived in "purdah". This sandstone facade of a Jaisalmer town house or "haveli" is typical of the house-fronts of the wealthy Rajput nobles and merchants. The "havelis" of Jaisalmer are particularly noted for the ornate carving on their "jalis" & facades.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1998.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications