Water maze carved with akshaya-swastika

The continuous lines of this akshaya-swastika (an endless labyrinthine motif) form this maze, carved from a piece of flat marble. It is meant for a water feature where, at the end of a channel, water enters through one spout, flows through the maze and gushes out of another. This maze possibly comes from a Rajput palace or a Jain temple in western India where it became popular in the 18th century.

Date/Period
c. 1800
Region
Rajasthan, India
Dimension
Object size: L 61.5 x W 3 x H 70
Accession No.
1998-00770
Material
Marble
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Sculpture