Basin with Stylized Lotus Blossoms

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

Lyrical patterns of stylized lotus blossoms flanked by leaf forms comprise the upper and lower bands of this nearly square marble basin. The profile of the basin itself suggests the shape of an opening lotus bud. These motifs recall monuments commissioned by the emperor Jahangir (r. 1605–27) and his son Shah Jahan (r. 1628–58), whose floral style was popular throughout northern India, in both the Mughal and Rajput realms.

Basin with Stylized Lotus Blossoms, Marble

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