Inlay work on the Itimad Ud Daulah
The walls of the Itimad Ud Daulah are white marble from Rajasthan inlaid with semi-precious stone decorations - cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx, and topaz formed into images of cypress trees and wine bottles, or more elaborate decorations like cut fruit or vases containing bouquets. Light penetrates to the interior through delicate Jalis - screens of intricately carved white marble.
The inlay work on the Itimad Ud Daulah rivals the Taj Mahal in terms of density and detail. Some of the patterns exhibited on this mausoleum are extremely intricate and colourful!
These pictures are a part of our journey through Northern Rajasthan and Agra. Sit back and view my Agra slideshow.