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(p.), a technique of inlaywork used in the architecture of the Indo-Pākistān subcontinent, in Urdu paččī-kārī .

It is usually set in marble in a technique which reached its fullest development in Hindustan under D̲j̲ahāngīr and S̲h̲āh-D̲j̲ahān in the 11th/17th century, by then as an essential element in imperial symbolism. The craft of using semi-precious stones in floral or foliate compositions in the equivalent of the Florentine commesso di pietre dure appears to have arisen from a long regional tradition of stone intarsia work with a stimulus from imported Flor…

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Andrews, P.A., “Parčīn-Kārī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6079>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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