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The complete Taj Mahal : and the riverfront gardens of Agra

Author: Ebba Koch; Richard André Barraud
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Includes the Mughal Agra, a riverfront garden city, the construction of the Taj Mahal, The parts of the Taj Mahal, the house of the queen, and much more.
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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Obras ilustradas
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ebba Koch; Richard André Barraud
ISBN: 9780500342091 0500342091 9780500289846 0500289840
OCLC Number: 69022179
Description: 288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 30 cm
Contents: Introduction : the Mughal dynasty, Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal --
I. Mughal Agra, a riverfront garden city --
The Mughal garden, its buildings and its ownership --
The riverfront garden city --
Reconstruction of the riverfront scheme --
The gardens of the left bank --
The gardens of the right bank --
II. The construction of the Taj Mahal --
Shah Jahan and architecture --
Imperial mausoleums, a 'built tomb' controversy --
The architects of the Taj Mahal --
Craftsmen, materials, and construction techniques --
Construction history and celebrations of the anniversaries of Mumtaz Mahal's death --
Death and burial of Shah Jahan --
III. More than a tomb : the parts of the Taj Mahal --
The design --
The principles of Shahjahani architecture --
The principles as expressed in the Taj Mahal --
Modular planning of the Taj Mahal / Richard André Barraud --
A walk through the Taj Mahal complex --
The Jilaukhana (forecourt) zone --
The great gate --
The southern galleries --
The garden --
The garden-wall pavilions --
The riverfront terrace and the marble platform of the mausoleum --
The mausoleum --
The minarets --
The mosque and Mihman Khana, or assembly hall --
The side wings --
The towers of the riverfront terrace --
The bazaar and caravanserai complex (Taj Ganj) --
The waterworks --
Buildings outside the wall --
IV. The paradisiacal house of the queen --
The symbolism of white marble and red sandstone --
Naturalistic ornament as an expression of paradise --
The inscriptions --
Sound as an expression of eternity --
Funerary and commemorative rites --
V. Everybody's Taj Mahal --
Early travellers and picturesque discovery --
In British hands --
Visitors and comments --
The Taj Mahal in popular culture --
Conservation and future --
Postscript : visiting the Taj Mahal --
Map of Mughal India --
Lahauri's account of the complex on the occasion of its formal completion, on the twelfth anniversary of Mumtaz Mahal's death --
Factfile : detailed measurements of the Taj Mahal complex / Richard André Barraud --
Glossary.
Other Titles: Taj Mahal
Responsibility: Ebba Koch ; with drawings by Richard André Barraud.

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Leads the reader through the whole complex and gardens of the Taj Mahal, illustrated by hundreds of photographs and drawings and with an in-depth explanation of each building.  Read more...

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