On View: Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
Muslim architects have long embellished their structures with floral patterns, in part because they evoke the garden paradise described in the Qur’an. When Muslim patrons, the Mughals, began to build in India, they found that the most talented local craftsmen were stone carvers, so they had floral motifs created in sandstone. The Mughal emperors were amateur horticulturists whose interests are reflected in the great degree of naturalism found in the floral carvings that decorated their buildings. In these architectural examples, flowers are depicted from several angles, much as they would be in a horticultural illustration.
Object with wall mount: 57 3/4 × 37 1/2 × 2 1/2 in. (146.7 × 95.3 × 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
Prior to 1999, provenance not yet documented; before 1999, reportedly acquired by Peter Marks of New York, NY; September 16, 1999, purchased at Sotheby's New York, lot 139 by Georgia and Michael de Havenon of New York, NY; 2013, gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon to the Brooklyn Museum.
Architectural Panel, 17th century. Red Sandstone, Object with wall mount: 57 3/4 × 37 1/2 × 2 1/2 in. (146.7 × 95.3 × 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 2013.101.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L1999.10_transp4809.jpg)
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