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Somewhere in Taj Mahal. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. They are also very beautiful. I liked the view of this Indian couple at the ornate entrance to one of the buildings. They were not posing, just standing.
Pietra dura or pietre dure, called parchin kari in South Asia, is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create images. It is considered a decorative art. The stonework, after the work is assembled loosely, is glued stone-by-stone to a substrate after having previously been "sliced and cut in different shape sections; and then assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section was practically invisible". Stability was achieved by grooving the undersides of the stones so that they interlocked, rather like a jigsaw puzzle, with everything held tautly in place by an encircling 'frame'. Many different colored stones, particularly marbles, were used, along with semiprecious, and even precious stones. (Wikipedia)

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