#Crow31Days | Day 23at Crow Collection of Asian Art
The architecture of the Mughal period (1526–1857) is characterized by a complex synthesis of native Indian forms, media, and iconography with Islamic-inspired geometric designs and natural motifs. The surface decoration of the Crow Collection’s Façade of a Residence showcases beautiful ornamentation of pure geometry. The universal appeal of this type of abstract patterning and the soft color of the red sandstone is not only a testament to the skill of the artists who created this work, but also a reminder of the intimate role that architecture played in the everyday life of India during this remarkable phase of its history.
This Façade is currently on view in Gallery III at the Crow Collection.
Façade of a Residence, India, Rajasthan, Mughal period (1526-1756), 18th century. Sandstone, plaster, ironwood, and iron. 144 × 336 × 18 in. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 1984.31.