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Fort of Gobindgarh, near Amritsar

Fort of Gobindgarh, near Amritsar

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Add.Or.1468

Item number: 1468

Length: 18.5

Width: 24.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Fort of Gobindgarh, near Amritsar in Punjab, by an anonymous artist working in the Punjab style, c. 1860. Inscribed in Persian characters: 'Qil'ah i Gobindgarh.'

The Gobindgarh Fort was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh (ruled 1799-1839) and was named after Sri Guru Gobind Singh. The four corners are occupied by fortified barracks and there is a palace in the centre. The fort has a wide circular inspection gallery and an additional wall was built between the outer water moat and the main fort-walls. The primary use of the fort was as a treasury of the Sarkar-e-Khalsa and it is the oldest Sikh fort in existence.

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