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Shah Jahan and Orpheus.
Author: Ebba Koch
Price: € 25,00  
Date: 1987     ISBN: 978-3-201-01387-1

Pietre Dure Decoration and the Programme of the Throne in the Hall of Public Audiences at the Red Fort of Delhi

Graz 1987. 56 pp. text in English, 24 colour plates and 16 b/w plates, 18,5 x 27 cm, brochure.

At the centre of this investigation stands the throne of the Mogul sovereign Shah Jahan in the Hall of Public Audiences at the Red Fort in Delhi. What is unusual for the throne of an Islamic sovereign is the figurative decoration with Italian and Indian pietre-dure inlay. The throne of Shah Jahan, who reigned from 1628 to 1658, proves to be a “Gesamtkunstwerk”  in which the transformation of European forms into a depiction of the idea of the ruler of the Moguls reached its apogee.

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