Though modeled like an ordinary ceramic flower-vase, the artifact – a magic pot, mesmerizes the eye with its astonishing beauty, perfect modeling, symmetrically conceived parts, marble’s richness and gold’s lustre used for adorning it. It reveals unparalleled fluidity, transparence and a feel of feather’s weightlessness. More than a marble artifact it looks like a piece of jewellery exquisitely designed and set with gems. Though its inside, a vacant space, lacks aesthetics, as would any pot’s inside, but it is in carving it, not so much the carving of the finest exterior, that the carver’s skill undergoes its real text. It involves greater skill as also the real risk for a slightly careless stroke of hammer might result in the end of weeks-long labour. In rising from bottom to top the artifact has the gradually widening volume breaking monotony and creating delightful geometry and rhythm. Marble, the stone the flower-vase has been carved from, is not a soft rock but is capable of giving forth forms as delicate as a feather and this artifact presents an example.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.