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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

By (author) Amina Okada


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  • A sumptuously illustrated portrait of perhaps the most fascinating architectural marvel of all time
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Built between 1632 and 1643 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in honour of his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is unquestionably the most renowned mausoleum in the world. Now this legendary monument to love can be seen as no visitor to the site has ever viewed it. On the pages of this exquisitely illustrated volume, the Taj Mahal is revealed detail by detail. Starting inside the mausoleum, a sequence of closeups show the semiprecious stones, inlaid in white marble, that form the interior’s Koranic calligraphy and floral patterns. The next sequence of images presents the octagonal plan of the structure, emphasising both its perfect symmetry and its subtle variations. The final sequence is devoted to the decorative patterns carved in the walls of the mosque and entrance gate. In addition, four lavish fold-out photographs show the entire Taj Mahal complex from different perspectives. In their informative texts, authors Amina Okada and M.C. Joshi provide historical and architectural analyses of the Taj Mahal. Quotations from the Koran and from the journals of travellers as diverse as Jean-Bapiste Tavernier, Pierre Loti, and Aldous Huxley complete a breath-taking tribute.

About the Author

Amina Okada, curator of the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet in Paris, is the author of numerous books and articles on Mughal India. Dr. M.C. Joshiis a member of the Archaeological Survey of India in New Delhi. Jean-Louise Nou captured the beauty of India in many books, including The Art of India. He died in 1992.

Abbeville Press
19th Oct 1993
World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand
310 mm x 269 mm
242 Pages
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