Aliya | Wall niche


Category: Manjush
Location: Dungarpur, Dungarpur, Rajasthan
Cultural region: Vagad
Materials: Lime, Stone
Lime craft technique: Plastering
Stone craft technique: Dressing, Masonry
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK

This intricate arrangement of several aliya were built in the bath area of the Juna Mahal in Dungarpur. These series of wall niches were accompanied by khuti (wall hooks), wall mirrors and in-built shelves. The aliya are speculated to have been used for bathing items, such as oil, soap, clothes, and cosmetics.

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