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A four-arch chattri section

17th century-18th century


Unknown Artist


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.


Place where the work was made

Jaisalmer Rajasthan India


17th century-18th century

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


Not on display

Accession number


Referenced in 3 publications


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