The Pearl Mosque of Delhi fetches $3.1 Million
The Pearl Mosque – literally translated from its name ‘Moti Masjid’ was built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb at the Red Fort in Delhi. Russian artist Vasili Vasilievich Vereshchagin was so inspired by the beauty of the mosque that he drew a gigantic painting that is 13 feet high and 16 feet wide to encompass what he could see. The painting shows men praying at the mosque.
Sold in New York, the painting was offered by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and had a pre-sale estimate of $3 million to $5 million. The $3.1 million proceeds are to be used to boost the museums acquisition fund.
The pearl mosque gets its name from the sparkling spotless marble that was used in the construction of the mosque. The Mughals were experts at working with white marble – as attested by the Taj Mahal.