This lovely transparent aquamarine glass intaglio cabochon features an image of the Taj Mahal that has then been highlighted with a silver foil application backing.
The piece measures 11/16 inch on all sides and features faceted rounded corners. The depth of the piece is just a smidgen over 1/4 inch.
The image is lovely on either side, but glorious on the aqua side, which would normally be considered the top, which is smooth. The underside has been cut to create the intaglio and then foiled with silver for the reflective effect.
The Taj Mahal is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world by all cultures. Built as a memorial and mausoleum for the third (and favorite) wife of Shah Jahan in Agra, India, the building took over 16 years to complete. Mumtaz died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begam. The grounds and out buildings took another 5 years to complete.
Built in 1632 by Shah Jahan in Agra, India, it is a memorial and the mausoleum for his third (and favorite) wife, Mumtaz. She died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begam.
Long associated with deep and everlasting love, the Taj Mahal has become endeared to many around the world.
Intaglios are engraved, pressed or incised into gemstones or glass. The design is carved or pressed into the surface, and sinks below the surface. It is the opposite of a cameo - where the background is carved away, leaving the design as a relief on top. Intaglios have been made since Babylonian times and were used in printmaking as well as in jewelry.
Two intaglios are shown to illustrate front and back.