Islamic Architecture
I am Pooja Sharma research scholar and my research topic is 'An Analysis of Mughal Inlay Art in the Monuments of Agra'. I prepared a questionnaire for analysis. In this regard I seek your co-operation to help me with information.


A. General information�s about the respondent
1. Name of the respondent :
2. Age :
3. Name of the institute and address :

4. Educational qualification :
5. Research experience (years) :

Q1. Why wine vessels are prominently used in Jahangir�s period monuments (i.e. Itmad- ud- Daulah tomb and Akbar tomb)? Tick (√)
i) Jahangir was fond of drinking
ii) Itmad-ud- Daulah liking
iii) Itmad-ud- Daulah disliking
iv) Persian impact because his wife belongs to Persian family
v) Depict celebration/ joy
vi) Depict sorrow
vii) Artist interest
viii) Any others----

Q2. Which Designs are typically Indian source?

Q3. Do you feel that the Mughal has changed their preference as a result of change in time and space?
Yes/ No

Q4.Whether wine vessels are the symbol of Shringar rasa or Celebration in Itmad-ud-daula Tomb?
Yes/ No

Q5. Whether fruits depict Shringar rasa or Celebration in Itmad-ud-daula Tomb?
Yes/ No

Q6. What is the logic behind the placement of geometrical pattern on the upper and lower part of the wall? Tick (√) in the most appropriate column and also rank if more than one
Particular (√) Rank
Geometrical pattern as decoration
To maintain symmetry and harmony
To create rhythm and movement
To Avoid Monotony
Any other (please specify, if any)

Q7. What is the logic behind the floral inlay design used as arabesques design on the side of the arches of gateways?

Q8. What is the reason for not using geometrical and other design in place of arabesques design?
Q9. The inlay motifs like arabesques, auspicious motifs- satkona, swastika and Purnakalasa used at the entrance of different gateway of monument. Do you feel that these motifs have some special meaning or religious importance?

Q10. Were the Mughal rulers believed in Hindu astrology as they used some Hindu inlay motifs such as Swastika, Satkona, Purnakalasa, Gavaksa, Star, etc.?
Yes/ No.
Q11. Do you feel that these Hindu inlay motifs were used by craftsman/ artist, as most of them were Hindu?
Yes/ No.
Q12. The inlay motifs depicted on the outer wall of the monuments bring:
Tick (√)
A) Political balance
B) Masses
C) Emperor�s taste & order
D) Ornamentation
E) Mode of visual communication
F) Any other
Q13. Were the motif depicted on the inner wall or chamber, purely on the users interest?
Yes/ No.

Q14 Inlay design elements are placed:
i) Logically
ii) Ornamentally
iii) Symbolically

Q 15. Is inlay designs are according to colour fundamental?
Yes/ No.

Q16. What is the impact of design elements on viewers? Tick (√) which you feel appropriate
i) Creating harmony
ii) Rhythm
iii) Appealing
iv) Repeating the design elements
v) Unexciting (Monotonous)

Q17. Is repetition of designs elements of Inlay has any negative effect on the viewer�s eye?
Yes/ No.

Q18. If yes, what kind of negative effect
Pooja Dixit
Dear Pooja,
you are not clear about your need, do you need a contribution in information about your case study or do you need an opinion in your questioner?
your questions are too long, you need to re-organize them.
good luck.
Ataa Alsalloum
Dear Ataa
Thanks for your response
Actualy my questionnaire is based on the objectives of my thesis. It is not so lengthy because maximum answer you have to do with tick mark or yes/no.
If there is another posibility pl. tell me.
Pooja Dixit
dear pooja,

pls clarify the purpose of your survey. are u unable to find the required information elsewhere that you are conducting a survey for the same? coz the questions raised do not seem to seek personal opinion but require to be factually correct.

best wishes.
Shubhru Gupta
Many -2 Thanks Shubhuru sir,
It is really a for questionnaire for the persons who have interest and specialization in this topic. I am already trying to got answers through email, but they are not sufficient. I am searching for the other persons who have inerest in mughal inlay art in the monuments of Agra. If you know the persons who can help me in this regard,kindly provide me e mail add of them.
with regards
Pooja Dixit
dear pooja,

you will have to do a lot more hard work than a questionnaire to get the answers you are seeking. yours is not the right approach for a good research; you will neither be able to verify the credibility of the answers given so nor the capacity of the respondants.

it is good if you have started receiving relevant information already.

there is already a lot of work done on Agra and many books written by scholars such as R. Nath and Ebba Koch that are easily available in most libraries. there is a book "mughal inlay art" by R. Nath that costs around 280/- only. there are many more books and articles.

you may also refer to the Archaeological Survey of India libraries and publications.

if you can access JSTOR, refer Mughal Marquetry by K. de B. Codrington in the Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs (dont remember which volume).

all the best.
Shubhru Gupta
further, i am ms. shubhru gupta...
Shubhru Gupta


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