D for Decorative Details (on the Taj Mahal)

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white marble dados that have been sculpted with realistic bas relief depictions of flowers and vinesOn the lower walls of the tomb there are white marble dados that have been sculpted with realistic bas relief depictions of flowers and vines.

The marble has been polished to emphasise the exquisite detailing of the carvings and the dado frames and archway spandrels have been decorated with pietra dura inlays of highly stylised, almost geometric, vines, flowers and fruits. The inlay stones are of yellow marble, jasper and jade, polished and leveled to the surface of the walls

????????????????????????????????????????????Given that Islamic Art forbids the use of the human image, the work of Mother Nature is the obvious spotlight. That, and transcripts of The Koran that run around all the doorways, makes the delicacy and the detail of all the decoration of this lovely place a true joy to behold.

In line with the Islamic prohibition against the use of anthropomorphic forms, the decorative elements can be grouped into either calligraphy, abstract forms (geometric and herringbone patterns) or vegetative motifs.

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Heyjude

I now live back in the UK, but spent several years travelling the world and then living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

23 thoughts on “D for Decorative Details (on the Taj Mahal)”

  1. Great close ups! We went to the Taj in the mid 80’s (before children!) and I remember being really blown away by the scale of the place and the intricacies of the designs – thanks for the memories!

    1. I have been both before and after children (35 years between dates) and didn’t really see the detail on my first visit – I think I was simply overwhelmed by the site. The details are something else!

    1. Thanks Sue. I want to show architectural design and elements in this challenge. The detailed decoration on the Taj is so beautiful I just had to get it in somehow 🙂

    1. Ooh now that would be a truly decadent bathroom! I hope you get there one day Karen; I have given up on the list – too much to do, so little time.

  2. “In line with the Islamic prohibition
    against the use of anthropomorphic forms…”
    – as a photographer I’m always sad about such restrictions!
    But you are right, this was a chance for a certain architecture and the world of ornaments …

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