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Modern Indian Art

Shamsa Installation.

Chowdry, Anita.

Laser-cut powder-coated steel, coated on both sides, contains holes for fixing - can be either wall-mounted or suspended. 1 m diameter (39.5 ins), 3mm thick steel.

The design and structure of a twelve pointed shamsa is used for the stairwell installation of large steel structures, finished in white and mirror polish.

The installation is intended to create shadows and reflections in interaction with the ambient natural light in this area.

The word 'Shamsa' derives from the Arabic word for the sun. By the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it became a customary device for the opening pages of royal manuscripts in Safavid Iran and Mughal India. Traditionally the centre is left as a plain gold disc, representing the singularity from which all emerges.