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Arch - Arched Niche

Arched Niche

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Gaur (made)

  • Date:

    c.1450 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black Basalt (carboniferous shale), carved

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Reginald Porch Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case J

Physical description

Three pieces of stone-work arranged to form an arched niche, comprised of two upright slabs and a lintel carved in the form of a cusped arch. The horizontal part is decorated with low relief carvings in the spandrels of lotus roundels and flowering plants. Two vertical parts are also decorated with low relief carvings of tracery of foliage and flowering creepers.

Place of Origin

Gaur (made)


c.1450 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Black Basalt (carboniferous shale), carved


Width: 34 in, Height: 49.25 in

Object history note

Brought from the dismantled factories of Goamalti and Chandri, buildings erected at the close of the 18th century with materials taken from the ruins of the ancient city of Gaur, Bengal. Presented by Mr Reginald Porch

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

(2) Guy, John and Swallow, Deborah edited, Arts of India: 1550 - 1900, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1990, p. 44, No. 29

Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :

Production Note

Gaur, Bengal, India


Black Basalt



Subjects depicted



Architectural fittings


South & South East Asia Collection

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