at the bottom, a bell-shaped base comprising four overlapping layers of leaves; this is flanked by stalks with bud and flower; at top of bell-shaped base sprouts a central stalk with large lily; serpentine stems and smaller flowers on either side of large lily

Relief with a Floral Decoration, c. 1700

Unknown artist, expand_more

Mottled red sandstoneexpand_more

Gift of the Friendsexpand_more  2000.65

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Stone wall panels ornamented with natural motifs decorated the walls of many Mughal architectural monuments. The Mughals delighted in observing nature, which resulted in the representation of flora and fauna in many different mediums. This panel, which has a pendant panel at the Louvre, was made in the late Mughal period, and thus eschews the symmetry of previous designs. It instead displays a fanciful representation of irises blooming out of wind-tossed banana leaves, which in turn spring from a triple corolla of acanthus leaves. The mottled red sandstone is typical of the Mathura, Sikri, and Chunar regions of north India.

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Title
Relief with a Floral Decoration
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Artist
Accession Number
2000.65
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at the bottom, a bell-shaped base comprising four overlapping layers of leaves; this is flanked by stalks with bud and flower; at top of bell-shaped base sprouts a central stalk with large lily; serpentine stems and smaller flowers on either side of large lily