A sumptuously illustrated portrait of perhaps the most fascinating architectural marvel of all time. 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 octogonal plan of the structure, emphasizing 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 travelers as diverse as Jean-Bapiste Tavernier, Pierre Loti, and Aldous Huxley complete a breathtaking tribute.

Taj Mahal

SKU: 052145
$116.25 Regular Price
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  • ISBN

    9781558596177
  • Authors

    Amina Okada; M.C. Joshi (text)
  • Extent

    323
  • Format

    Hardcover
  • Year

    1993
  • Publisher

    Abbeville Press

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