Chiseling a stone piece into a plate or to draw and paint its surface could not be much tedious a thing, but to sculpt each microscopic tiny leaf, petal, stem, line or other members of a foliage, that is, sculpting on the face of a piece of stone with just nine inch diameter over five hundred forms and patterns, is certainly an ordeal of craftsmanship. What is more difficult, and which the artist did here, is to give these tiny things, the product of nature, a stylistic character and a distinction of their own. The floral designs and patterns sculpted here have a very strong Shahjahani character, wherein the great Mughal Emperor and the builder of Tajmahal added to the soothing transparency of marble the glory of art and the glow of gold.
This marble plate chiseled manually to such fine form and accurate proportions re-creates the patterns and effects of the floral art and gold work of Shahjahan's period. It is a fine and accurate reproduction of Tajmahal's ceiling which has been painted alike lavishly in gold. Beads and variedly shaped and cut precious and semi-precious stones have been used in Tajmahal for shaping and projecting various patterns. Here such projections have been discovered by chiseling the surface and then painting it in the required colours. Later Shahjahan repeated these patterns while embellishing the ceilings and wall surfaces of Diwan-i-khas and Khas-mahal in the Red Fort at Delhi. To this Shahjahani design the artist has added his own mysticism.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art and culture.
|These unique artworks come along with a suitable gift box, and also a wooden stand - as shown in the accompanying image on the left.|