Height: 6 in
Width: 11 in
Depth: 11 in
White marble bowl with base. Blue floral design inlaid around top bowl and bottom lip.
The marble inlay art tradition that created the captivating stone flowers in the Taj Mahal still thrives in Agra, India. The colorful freshness of these stone flowers surpasses real flowers. To create the marble inlays (parchin kari), artists draw floral and geometric designs on the marble with a red dye (henna). After chiseling out the designs, stones are inlaid in Indian marble, black marble, and Indian Jade. In Islamic culture, flowers are often seen as symbols of the kingdom of God. The Persian poets describe them as springing forth from the waters of paradise. Perchin kari flowers are found in abundance on tombs and the mosques.