Taj Mahal

from the Luminart Collection


Era: Olszewski Studios

Category: Figurine

Product Line: Luminiart

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Size: 8-1/2" tall, base is 4-1/2" x 3-1/4"

Identifying Mark:  SM-199

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First Year Issue Price: $120.00

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal Inside



Description:  Robert Olszewski collaborated with the Harmony Ball Company in the creation and production of several magnificant in-scale architectural micro-sculptures; Taj Mahal is one of them.  Taj Mahal was created as the sixth piece for the Luminiart Collection for Harmony Ball. 

"Taj Mahal" is a truly a wonder to admire visually and also provides a way for the observer to take another visual step "inside" the beautiful tomb.  This ability to "look inside" takes on the same manner which Fabrege used in the creation of his micro-miniature eggs.  The Fabrege eggs were popular because of this interaction.  An additional feature which Olszewski adds, however, is the custom and directed "luminscence" in the piece. 

As you read the story, stop and observe the outside of highly ornate design and architecture of the Taj Mahal you will begin to feel the magnificant history behind the Olszewski captures the highly ornate architecture of this highly revered to this magnificant piece of architectural and ancient art capture of ancient history. 

One of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture in the world. For their builders, the Seven Wonders were a celebration of religion, mythology, art, power, and science

Begin to feel the aura of Olszewski's in-scale micro sculptures. 

The Taj Mahal is highly ornate, depicting a grand rendering of the beautiful and highly are pleased to unveil their latest collaboration: hand-carved, highly ornate, illuminated sculptures that are wholly unique and truly awe-inspiring. Each Luminiart™ sculpture depicts an iconic structure. Crafted in crushed marble and hand-painted and tinted, every piece has a “magical” portal that opens to reveal an ornate interior scene, lit up with twinkling lights.

The Story:   The illuminated Luminart sculpture was modeled after the ethereal Taj Mahal, whose beauty is matched only by the romantic story that inspired its construction. Located in Agra, India, it was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled from 1628 to 1658, in homage to his Persian wife whom he called Mumtaz Mahal or “Crown of the Palace”. Many believe that the name “Taj Mahal” is a shorter variant of “Mumtaz Mahal”. The queen accompanied Shah Jahan everywhere, even on military campaigns. It was on one of these campaigns that she died in 1631, shortly after giving birth to her 14th child. Her dying wish to her husband was that he should “build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen.” Shah Jahan fulfilled her wish.

The Taj Mahal was constructed of materials from all over Asia. White marble was brought from Rajasthan, jasper from Punjab, and jade and crystal from China. The turquoise was from Tibet and the lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, while the sapphire came from Sri Lanka and the carnelian from Arabia. Twenty-eight types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the white marble. More than 1,000 elephants and 20,000 laborers, including sculptors, calligraphers, inlayers, and stonecutters were involved in the construction, which took twenty-three years to complete. The total cost was about forty million rupees, at a time when one gram of gold was sold for 1.3 rupees.

Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb. He spent the last years of his life under house arrest in the Agra Fort, gazing across the Yamuna River at the beautiful tomb he had built for his beloved, waiting for the day they could unite. After his death in 1666,  he was laid to rest beside her.

The Taj Mahal has been described by the poet Sir Edwin Arnold, as "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor's love wrought in living stones." We invite your imagination to travel to Agra,  India to feel the aura of eternal love.

This beautiful piece of art by Olszewski is still available today at many Harmony Ball dealers in the U.S. and abroad.



Source(s): Olszewski Studios, Harmony Ball Company



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