Varied Designs at the Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah

AGRA, IndiaStar motifs seem to dominate the walls inside the Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, or Baby Taj, but there are more patterns than the pointed kinds.

There was another pattern — slate, ochre and gray — inside the tomb’s walls that reminded me of a stylized vine motif. The floral shapes made me, an amateur homebrewer, think of hops. (Could it be a crocus?)

The three-pointed leaf in between the larger buds were like a subtle version of a fleur-de-lis, though it also made me think of Italian jewler Geronimo Veroneo, one purported architect of the Taj Mahal — a myth, no doubt — because of the vine theme. Of course, it’s not as if vines only grew in Europe! (For the record, I don’t think Veroneo had anything to do with the magnificent Mughal structures built by Emperor Shah Jahan.

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Patterns suggesting flowering vines adorn the Baby Taj’s interior. (Photos by Bruno J. Navarro) 
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