May 10, 2010 10:56 AM
The Taj Mahal Treasure Jewelry Box ($55) is so beautiful, it might upstage our bauble collection. Rich 24k gold leaf outlines ruby-red blossoms in a romantic pattern hand painted on Makrana marble, which was made famous in the epic wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. We can't resist this exotic elegance.
The origins and architecture of the Taj Mahal are grand in proportion, a perfect expression of the 17th-18th century height of the Mughal empire. This legendary structure is not a palace, but a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Of the endless ornamentation in the complex, this jewelry box references Jali, as seen in the Jali arch. This inlay art form uses idealized floral forms called cenotaph motifs and highly decorated symmetrical patterning, which symbolizes universal harmony.
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