Aliya is a wall niche built into the wall during the construction of the built spaces. Situated in the verandah beside the main entrance door, this aliya had a protruding base supported by a stone carved bracket shaped like a peacock. Wall niches like this one were used to place oil lamps which were lit during the evenings.


  • Title: Aliya (Wall niche)
  • Location: Umred, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
  • Type: Manjush (Storage)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Samrudha Dixit
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Lime, Stone
  • Stone Craft Technique: Carving, Dressing, Masonry
  • Region: Mewat - Brij
  • Lime Craft Technique: Plastering

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