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A four-arch chattri section

17th century-18th century


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Jaisalmer Rajasthan India
    17th century-18th century
    Media category
    Architectural element
    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
  • About

    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.

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications