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Palace of Rao of Cutch, Bhuj

Palace of Rao of Cutch, Bhuj

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1856

Shelfmark: Add.Or.1580

Item number: 1580

Length: 14

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing of the Rao's palace in Bhuj, Gujarat, by an anonymous artist working in the Western India/Cutch style, c. 1856. The image is inscribed: 'H.H. the Rao's Palace.'

Bhuj was the capital of the former princely state of Kutch, located in the Western part of Gujarat. It is an old walled town full of palaces, pavilions and highly decorated Hindu temples. The Aina Mahal (old palace) was built by Rao Lakha in c. 1750 and is located on the north-west side of the lake. The palace is built in the traditional architectural style of the region with a small fortified courtyard in front. This drawing has people walking, sitting and conversing in that courtyard.

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