Jali, lattice work for window. Carved sandstone; 190 cm x 60 cm. Rajasthan. c. late 19th century. 83/6658.

The enchanting play of light and shadow from the jalis or lattice windows are an integral part of the havelis and palaces of Rajasthan. Ideal during the hot humid Indian summer, the jalis dispel the harsh rays of the sun and allow a cool breeze to circulate in the interiors.

Moreover, the purdah-conscious Rajasthani women use the jalis of their balconies and terraces to enjoy a view of the bazaar without being seen themselves by the public.

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