Stone Carving of Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi is the centre place for the stone carving articles and the people involved in this are known as raidas. . Plates, glasses, table wares, bowls, food-containers, and candle stands are the excellent product. The architecture of 16th century, Taj Mahal is one of the purest and existing examples of beautiful carving. Agra's artists make brilliant miniature models of Taj Mahal in the same texture and work. Plates, lamps, vases, miniature animals and figures are the few popular examples.

The light background surface, generally milky-white in colour highlights the numerous multi coloured textured stones. The designs are often floral motifs, foliage or geometrical patterns with influence of the Mughal taste for art. Precious as well as semi precious stones are used in the mosaics. Articles made out of these mosaic-marble ensembles include household articles like jewellery, trinket and powder boxes, trays, tableware and furniture items.

A lot of images of Lord Krishna are made in Vrindavan, near Mathura, a place closely associated with Lord Krishna. Items are embossed with semi-precious stones or cheaper synthetic gems. Sange-rathek, a dark-brown stone with yellow spots, is found in Jhansi and its surrounding areas from which lamp-shades, incense-stick stands and small medicine-grinders are made.