Model of Shalimar Gardens

Model of Shalimar Gardens

Maker: Gold Smith & Co.

Date Made: ca. 1962

Place Made: Lahore, Pakistan

Materials: Silver, gilded silver, velvet, wood

Dimensions: 12 1/4" x 22" x 26"

Silver and silver-gilt model of the second terrace of Shalimar Gardens. The terrace was designed as "charbagh", a “four-fold” square garden divided symmetrically into quarters by parterres, a form often used by the Mughals. There are pavilions and audience halls on the edges of a large central pool filled with fountains. The large pavilion has three niches and a ramp carved to appear like cascading water. In front of that is a raised enclosure. On both sides of the pool are audience halls with 5 porticos. Opposite the large pavilion are two small porticoed pavilions. Green velvet is used to represent grass and there are flowers and cyprus trees growing at the corners.

This model was presented to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy by the Citizens of Lahore during her state visit to the Shalimar Gardens in Pakistan on March 21, 1962.