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An 18th century iron plaque cast as a window gate for a temple with fretwork and female figure. The fretwork foliage background on this piece focuses attention on a standing naked female character wearing a fabric wrap, shoes, a necklace and bracelets. The woman is also graced with an abundance of hair. The fretwork background showcases a graceful foliage pattern. Originally crafted as a temple window gate, this plaque features tenons on each side, which were intended to secure the piece in place. Gates such as these would have a Dual purpose, on the one hand security to keep intruders – whether human or animal – out of the temple, while at the same time allowing light to shine through the window.
This 18th century Indian temple fretwork plaque, crafted from a window gate, would be an elegant decorative item in any home, perhaps secured to a wall in a hall or in front of a small window in order to enjoy the light shining through, part of its original purpose.
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