Attributed to Probably Fatehpur Sikri, India / Jali screen (one of a pair) / second half of the 16th centuryAttributed to Probably Fatehpur Sikri, India
Jali screen (one of a pair)
second half of the 16th century

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Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Active Place: Fatehpur Sikri, India
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Probably Fatehpur Sikri, India
Title: Jali screen (one of a pair)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1550
Creation End Date: 1599
Creation Date: second half of the 16th century
Object Type: Architecture
Classification Term: Stone
Materials and Techniques: Carved red sandstone
Dimensions: H. 73 1/4 in. (186 cm), W. 51 3/16 in. (130 cm), Th. 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1993.67.2
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1993

'Jalis' (pierced screens) were used extensively in Indian architecture as windows, room dividers, and railings around thrones, platforms, terraces, and balconies. Used in outer walls, they were ideal for cutting down glare while permitting air to circulate. During the day the reflection of their patterns moving across the floor would double the pleasure of their intricate geometry. The architecture and weathering on one side suggest that this pair was probably part of a series of windows set in an outside wall.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1993.67.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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