A jali is a perforated stone or lattice screen, common in Hindu temple architecture, and in Islamic Architecture. This one in wood consists of small pieces of wood that interlock by means of tooth and hole connections, so without the use of any glue or nails. The frame keeps everything together. The pattern formed is geometrical and can be ‘read’ in different ways: either one sees the long narrow cartouches that end in pointed stars, or one sees the larger composition of lozenges and rectangles.
From within, everything outside is visible through jali holes but from the outside, nothing gets visible inside due to light difference. Hence they are often called harem windows or mashrabiya / moucharabieh.
Good condition with obvious traces of age. Chestnut wood.19th century. Pakistan, Kohistan region. Height 95cm width 35cm thickness 3,7cm.
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