An Intricate Ceiling Dominates the Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah

AGRA, India — Inside the Baby Taj — or the Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, as it’s formally known — a visitor merely has to look upward to encounter what stoneworkers might create if left to their unfettered imaginations.

A ceiling like a kaleidoscope, comprising pointed, geometric shapes of semi-precious stones, from what I could tell, soared overhead in the room with all the carved marble latticework.

A few more six-pointed star shapes are scattered across the patterns, and a large, dark polygonal focal point dominates the center.

What I wouldn’t have given at that moment for a bit more light to see the detail I could only sense at the time — or a closer look.


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