Rediscovering the 3D art of ancient India in Taj Mahal

The 3D art (optical illusion) has been always of great interest. The recent 3D museum opened at Chennai fill one’s head with Idyllic creations with big pictures of optical illusions. Artists like Julian Beever and others expressed it via street graffiti. It is also in trend these days to have floors and walls with 3D effects.

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However, the concept of 3D art is not new. It was there even 300 years back and one can rediscover it in Taj Mahal. Yes, the Taj Mahal which was built by Shah Jahan in 1653 and probably needs no introduction. The words will never be sufficient to describe its beauty carved in white marbles. The air till date makes you feel the love of Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

But what amazed me most during the visit to Taj Mahal was the optical illusion of the 3D effect from a 2D zigzag carving made on the pillars of the main dome (shown below).

main-dome-gateI know it’s hard to believe that something so old can have such an advanced art in yet such a simple way. So do keep reading….The close-up pic of these zigzag pattern looks as follows-

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One can see in the above gallery that the pillars have 3 sides, each of which is completely flat. In each side of the pillar, a zig-zag pattern is engraved. Now let’s take few steps back and look what happens (see the image below)…


Yes, it looks like it is 6 sided with nice 3D effect !!!  Some more clicks in this regard are shown in the gallery below –

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