Art of the Indian Court, Architectural Elements, Jalis and Paintings
L.A. Louver will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an exhibition of Indian architectural elements, jalis and miniature paintings from the collection of renowned Indian art dealer and scholar Terence McInerney.
The exhibition includes seven architectural elements, including jalis, carved from stone during the time of the Mughal Empire (1526 - 1857). Jalis were used extensively in Indian architecture as window screens, room dividers, and railings for thrones, platforms, terraces, and balconies.The exhibition will include three jalis and three architectural reliefs carved from red sandstone, which date from the late sixteenth through early seventeenth centuries. A seventh sculpture dating from the eighteenth century, carved from white marble and decorated with a geometric pattern of overlapping banana leaves, originally served as a water chute or chadar.
The exhibition also features approximately a dozen Indian paintings and drawings made between the late sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, including examples from the Jaipur, Bilaspur, Bikaner, Mewar and Jhilai schools of painting. For centuries, miniature paintings have been treasured possessions of the Indian upper classes.