Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A Jharoka is a type of overhanging enclosed balcony used in Indian architecture, typically Mughal architecture and Rajasthani architecture. Jharokhas jutting forward from the wall plane could be used both for adding to the architectural beauty of the building itself or for a specific purpose. One of the most important functions it served was to allow women in purdah to see the events outside without being seen themselves. . jharokha is one of the most distinctive characteristic of the façade in medieval Rajputana and Muslim Architecture down to 19th century on archers and spies. The projected balcony, which is an essential element of the rajasthani Architecture both as decoration and as a viewing platform. The chajjas, sloping eaves that projected out above the balconies, increasing protection from both the summer sun and monsoon rain. Jharokha is usedfor aesthetic appearance allow women in purdah to see the events outside without being seen themselves Jharokhas are mainly used in Palaces, Havelis and Temples.
I have recreated here using Thermocoal.
You require two arches One large and one small, and two pillars for the sides.
Side pillars are all decorated with clay
Whole jharoka is painted in brown and added random gold for enhancement.
After assembling jharoka I could not resist myself I sketched a rajasthani lady in water color pencil.
Hope you liked the post.