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Painting of the Taj Mahal on ivory

circa 1860s


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    North India India
    circa 1860s
    Media category
    Materials used
    pigment on ivory with oval brass frame
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2012
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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.

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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