Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, 17th century
Mughal School
H x W x D: 42.4 x 55.3 x 3.5 cm (16 11/16 x 21 3/4 x 1 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element, Stone

Architectural element

India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858)
Provenance research underway.

Pierced-stone window screens called jalis are integral componets of Mughal architecture. Both functional and ornamental, they maintain privacy, protect against the sun, and allow for the circulation of air. Their highly intricate designs, including both floral and geometric motifs, become even more apparent by the ever-changing shadows they cast as light passes through them. The dense and tightly arranged floral motifs of this jali are characteristic of the finest architectural decoration of Shah-Jahan's reign. Similar white marble screens also adorn the Taj Mahal. This pierced stone screen probably formed part of a railing.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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