Aliya | Wall niche


Category: Manjush
Location: Sanipur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab
Cultural region: Malwa
Materials: Earth, Stone
Earth craft technique: Brick masonry, Plastering
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK

Traditionally, aliya constructed on either side of doors were used to keep earthen lamps or lanterns to light up the space. Such aliya built into the walls of havelis or old houses in Punjab were elaborately decorated.

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