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A three arch balcony panel

18th century


Unknown Artist


An architectural piece such as this one may have originated from a fort, palace or royal apartments. This three arch balcony panel is surrounded by a border of floral motifs. The arches are symmetrically designed with a central floral motif and floral medallion to either side of each arch. The scalloped arches are decorated with the twisted pattern of a vine or creeper and decorated with a leaf motif. This style of architecture was used for balconies and pavilions, from which courtyard gardens or terraces could be viewed. It also allowed cooling breezes into the living quarters of apartments.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 1998


Place where the work was made

Bikaner Rajasthan India


18th century

Materials used

pink sandstone


240.0 x 380.0 x 15.0 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1998


Not on display

Accession number


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

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, 51.

Smith & Singer, Indian art and artefacts from the collection of Joan Bowers, Woollahra, 1998, 19, 45 (colour illus.). Lot 149.