Amber Palace, Jeypore. Interior of Flower Chamber
Photographer: Lawrie and Company, G.W.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the Flower Chamber in Amber Palace near Jaipur, taken by the studio of G.W. Lawrie & Co. during the 1890s. Construction of the palace was begun in 1600 by Man Singh I (r 1592-1615) and was continuelly added to in the seventeenth century by subsequent rulers. This photograph displays a corner view of the chamber interior showing lavish decoration. The marble panels that cover the walls are carved in relief with flowers, floral and geometric inlay with pietra dura work, demonstrating a Mughal influence. The chamber shown is probably part of the royal residential apartments known as the Jai Mandir, and may be a detailed look at the central chamber, a sheesh mahal (mirror pavilion) which had upper walls and a vaulted ceiling decorated with mirror work.