The Arabesque has created a 16th century inspired arabesque design inspired by the Champaneer Jama Mosque in Gujarat India. This mosque, a UNESCO world heritage site is very unique in its decorative composition and architecture. Unlike many other mosques, the ruler and local craftsmen who built it fused several age old Indic - Hindu and Jain - motifs to fit in an Islamic vocabulary of architecture. Champaner is a historical site in Gujarat India which was founded in the 8th century C.E. by the Chavda Dynasty. The city and its overlooking Pavagadh fort was later ruled by Rajputs in the Middle Ages. After the formation of the Gujarat Sultanate, the city was conquered by the Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada, between 1482 - 1484. For the next 23 years Mahmud continued renovating this city and bringing in local artisans to create a wonderful architectural program of civic and religious buildings. This beautiful medieval city and its architecture was the source of inspiration for this design. Mahmud brought several artistic elements into the city and especially the Jama Mosque which he constructed. Mahmud brought in all local artisans from the neighboring region to complete his vision. He hired both Muslim and Jain artisans to execute the design elements he wished to portray and the magnanimity he aimed to display in his buildings. The artisans used arabesque techniques as well as age old Hindu and Jain religious motifs for which they were already masters. This means that the 15th century city of Champaner houses some of the most interesting Indic, Jain, Hindu, and Muslim fused design elements, making the city very multicultural and bearing a unique Indian identity. This wall hanging is a testimony to that city and time period. It is ready to hang with a twine rope and measures 9 x 13 x 0.8 inches. It has been finished in a shellac coating
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