An Elevation of the North Side of the Marble Screen Surrounding the Cenotaphs in the Taj Mahal

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This painting depicts the delicate jali screen surrounding the most sacred part of the Taj Mahal mausoleum: the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal (d. 1632) and her husband the Emperor Shah Jahan (d. 1666). This area at the heart of the Taj is enclosed in a white marble trellis, inlaid with pietra dura stone mosaics in the form of arabesques and floral motifs. Architectural studies such illustrate the significant impact of the monument upon the fields of design, architecture and documentation in the British Raj.

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