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Mughal Inlay Art

by: R. Nath

The book studies ‘INLAY’ art that developed in Mughal Architecture indigenously, from Humayun to Shah Jehan (c. 1535 to 1658 ad). Mughal inlay is architectural and to brand it ‘pietra-dura’, which was a florentine picture-art used on wooden furniture, is a misnomer. This book also reveals that ‘Orpheus Plaques’ which led the colonial historians to Florence to trace the origin of Mughal inlay were imported ready-made and there is no other example of Florentine pietra-dura.

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ISBN: 9788124602614
Year Of Publication: 2004
Edition: 1st
Pages : 116
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 22cm.
Weight: 250

Overview

The book studies ‘INLAY’ art as it developed in Mughal Architecture indigenously, from Humayun to Shah Jehan (c. 1535 to 1658 ad), landmark examples of which have been illustrated. Mughal inlay is architectural, and it is a misnomer to brand it: ‘pietra-dura’ which was a florentine picture-art used on wooden furniture. ‘Orpheus Plaques’ which led the colonial historians to trace origin of Mughal inlay to Florence, were imported ready-made and there is no other example of Florentine pietra-dura. Inlay is the most distinctive characteristic of Mughal Architecture and study of its growth and development, to the elegance of the Taj dados, the chef d’oeu-vre of Indian art, is historically as enlightening, as interesting it is artistically.

Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
List of Illustrations

1. The “Orpheus Plaques” and the Florentine “Pietra-dura” Controversy
The Orpheus Plaques of Red Fort Delhi
Their Material, Ground and Motifs
Technique of Inlay and Mosaic
‘Orpheus Plaques’ were Imported Ready-made
2. Evolution on Inlay Art in Mughal Architecture
Appendix
Mughal Forms: Exotic or Indigenous
Index

Meet the Author
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Professor R. Nath (b. 1933), M.A., Ph.D., D. Litt, taught History at Agra College and University of Rajasthan Jaipur, from where he retired as Professor & Head of Department of History & Indian Culture. For almost half a century, he has been studying Indian historical architecture, chiefly Mughal Architecture, on which subject he has authored 55 books, 15 monographs and 179 research-papers, including the multi-volume series: History of Mughal Architecture. With his knowledge of Sanskrit and Persian, he writes authoritatively. His is, essentially, a study of the Land, the People and the Culture.
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