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Agra. Palace in Fort, Taj and river in distance.

Agra. Palace in Fort, Taj and river in distance.

Photographer: Shepherd and Robertson

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 96/1(18)

Item number: 96118

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Agra with the Palace in Fort, the Taj Mahal and river in the distance.The Diwan-i-Khas and Taj Mahal were built by Shah Jahan (1592-1666), the Mughal Emperor who ruled with supreme power, confidence and glory in an era which witnessed an unparalleled flowering of art and culture. The Diwan-i-Khas served as a Hall of Private Audience but was also a royal treasure chamber. There were three treasuries, one for gold (muhrs) and silver (rupees), one for gems and jewels and one for copper (dams). Ultimately, the Emperor's profligacy led to his downfall and he was quickly deposed by his son who deplored his father's lavishness.

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