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Mughal dynasty, Aurangzeb period (1658-1707) Arcade 17th century Place made: India
Materials & Technique: sculptures, marble
Dimensions: 328.0 h x 625.0 w x 31.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased with the assistance of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2006
Accession No: NGA 2006.667
  • The supplied chain of ownership for this object is being reviewed and further research is underway. The provenance information listed has been substantiated by documentation. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses.
  • with art dealership Saray The Taj Tradition, London, 2006 or before
  • which sold it to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, for USD 270,000

This arcade was probably created for a courtyard or other protected space connected to a palace or grand building. Similar arcades are often depicted in Indian miniature paintings which show royalty and their entourages in elaborate gardens.

Aurangzeb (1618–1707) became governor of the Deccan in 1634, then ruled the Mughal empire from 1658 until his death. He was the third son of the famed emperor Shah Jahan whose grand building campaign included the commissioning of the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan is credited with widespread use of marble, rather than sandstone, as a primary material for monumental building, a tradition continued by Aurangzeb. A devout Muslim, Aurangzeb is better known for the construction of public and religious buildings, including mosques, than for ornate palace architecture.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label