Indian Zardozi Silk Panel - The Taj Mahal, Tree of Life
A fine Indian, Mughal style embroidered silk panel using the zardozi technique employing silver and gold thread and wire with varying texture for opulent effect. Raised work, particularly for the peacocks and large blossoms, adding more dimension than is apparent from the photographs. The silver and gold thread incorporated with dark blue, light blue, pink, white, purple, violet, red, orange, and champagne toned pale blue and pale pink silk. Silver toned sequins accentuating details in the peacocks and blossoms in the Tree of Life - guarded with the Taj Mahal by two fish (of Persian lore and invoking, at once, the Mughal legacy of the Taj Mahal, Tree of Life and the zardozi embroidery technique) amongst boats in the Yamuna river. In good condition with only some fading apparent to a few likely fugitive colors, perhaps a light cleaning could be in order if dared, and some sequins bent - some perhaps for affect when embroidered in. Small bits of old paper from the framing (apparently last done early in the 20th century with old, irregular nails fastening the panel to the edge of a thin board backing) have made there way behind the glass. The framing appears to have been reinforced over time but not remove - fortunately for the preservation of the embroidered silk panel. There is one small wood loss inside the upper-left corner of the frame. If this is to be shipped, we may be compelled to remove the glass panel to ensure against breakage and damage (we would not want to remove the panel from the backing so the package would be oversized. Measuring the backing, the panel is determined to be 40 3/8 (102.55 cm) inches tall by 18 inches wide (45.72 cm).