Read about the ornamentation in the tomb of Akbar at Sikandara/Sikandra, Agra.

Ornamentation in Tomb of Akbar

Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra is a befitting tribute to the great Mughal Emperor. Mosaic work beautifies the southern, eastern and western gateways and the central archway of the main building. The combination of white marble and red sandstone with their contrasting colors and textures looks stunning. Abri stars inlaid in the oblong dado panels and arranging the square or rectangular pieces of multi-hued stones in geometrical and floral patterns has been elaborately used at the tomb. 'Swastik', a symbol of Hindus, has also been used for decorative purpose. Arabesque patterns in white and black marble or white and green marble can be seen on the spandrels of the arches.

The three surviving marble dados on the second storey hall of the western gateway are undoubtedly finest examples of dado art. Some of the other techniques that have been used frequently for the ornamentation purposes include the inlaying of black marble and abri stones, raised Persian inscription in gold in the hall, beautiful examples of paintings in white safeda and red hirmich on the semi-soffits of the wings of the southern gateway and a complicated scheme of painting on the central portal with rich arabesque tracery. The paintings of the southern vestibule of the main tomb use colors such as crimson, indigo, olive and chrome. Gold is often used as the most dominating color.