Palace Flowers

Sunday, November 13, 2011

In central India, the Mogul influence is seen in all the palaces and forts of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, as well as the the Taj Mahal in Agraand Akbar's magnificent tomb there. What I have loved most about these splendidly decorated places is the flower motif found again and again. 

At first, I tried to identify them. Lilies and lotus are pretty easy, and I managed to see a daffodil-like flower, but it turns out that most are imaginative interpretations by Persian-influenced artists. 

Here are some that I hope you like.

A  Borassus palm carving.
Carved marble flowers.
Grapes and vines in
Akbar's tomb.
Semi-precious stones create
flowers in marble.
Even the elephants have flowers.