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Wood
Gujarat, North-Western India, Rajasthan
Early 20th century, Late 19th century

The ceilings of traditional houses in north-western India were constructed of wood. Two styles of ceiling construction existed. The first sported wooden joist beams, the spaces between which were filled by wooden planks that were on occasion carved. The second style, popularized in the 18th century, was designed to conceal the construction of the ceiling. The beams were covered by flat boards or planks on which small wooden fragments were nailed to form floral motifs, geometric designs, or cartouches, interspersed by smaller floral motifs.

This ceiling panel is unusual in that it is devoid of carving but traces of green paint indicate it was once painted. The joinery is visible on the reverse.

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