Pierced Window Screen, Red sandstone; pierced, carved

Pierced Window Screen

Object Name:
second half 16th century
Made in India
Red sandstone; pierced, carved
H. 73 in. (185.4 cm)
W. 51 5/16 in. (130.3 cm)
Th. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Wt: matching piece weighed 780 lbs (353.8) in crate
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1993
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450
Jalis, or pierced screens, were used extensively in Indian architecture as windows, room dividers, and railings. In the course of the day, the movement of their patterns in silhouette across the floor would enhance the pleasure of their intricate geometry. This jali, one of a pair, would have formed part of a series of windows set in an outside wall, as suggested by the weathering on one side. They are attributed to the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1550–1605), when red sandstone was the favored building material.
[ Vipasha, Ltd., London, until 1993; sold to MMA]
"M.M.A. Recent Acquisitions 1992–93." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 51, no. 2 (Fall 1993). p. 22, ill. (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. pp. 12, 14.

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 86-87, ill. pl. 15 (color).