Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Origin of Inlay work or "Parchinkari" or "Pietra Dura"| Inlay Marble Crafts

                                  Origin of Inlay work 
Origin of Inlay work or "Parchinkari" or "Pietra Dura"| Inlay Marble Crafts
This  is a remarkable feature of Mughal architecture in India and Inlay art was widely appreciated and debated with respect to its origin and development. In India it developed in different stages during sixteenth and seventeenth century as practiced under
Origin of Inlay Work
Akbar (r. 1556-1605), Jahangir (r. 1605-1627), and Shah Jahan (r. 1628-1658). Inlay technically known as Pietra dura (Italian for "hard stone") is marble inlaid with designs in precious or semi-precious stonework, such as onyx, jasper, carnelian, etc. cut into thin slices and neatly bedded in Marble Grooves.It is not surprising that the buildings Marble inlay-Pachchikari or Parchinkari is one of the most beautiful and popular forms of Indian Mughal art and developed indigenously here. Mughal Inlay art is not an isolated phenomenon; it might have traveled over long distances before having been introduced into India and before being adopted in such a refined way by the Mughals. Some believe it to be typically Italian in origin and others believe it an indigenous Indian art. The present paper tries to find out the possible link and development of inlay work during Jahangir’s period. Inlay work particularly on marble or Pietra Dura, generated a lot of debate as far as its origin is concerned. Some argue that the inlay art is Italian in origin and Indian artisans accomplished adapted it to their needs, gave it an indigenous touch and used the technique to carve out traditional Indian motifs that are today the crown of Indian art. Some believed it is developed slowly in India as we can observe the differences found in the inlay work of the buildings of Akbar to Jahangir and than Shah Jahan. A continuous development in Inlay art can be seen in Jahangiri Mahal  to Akbar’s Tomb and then in Tomb of Salim Chisti and Itmad-ud- Daulah’s tomb. The tomb of Itmad-ud –Daulah supplies a link between two important phases,namely those of Akbar and of Shahjahan. It is the first notable building in white marble with its rich ornamentation in Pietra Dura that provides the impression of a miniature precious object magnified into a piece of architecture. It represents the transition from the red sandstone phase of Akbar’s buildings with their direct simplicity and robustness of structural design to that of sumptuous marble with all the changes.If interested see  more products on this blog.For More Info:- Drop Your Information :-Email us:-  InlayMarblecrafts@gmail.com  Call To Us:- +919927641146








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