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Carved pillars in the Panch Mahal, Futtypore Sikree.

Carved pillars in the Panch Mahal, Futtypore Sikree.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(58)

Item number: 1158

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Panch Mahal in Fathepur Sikri, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. The palace city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) from 1571 to 1585. The entire complex is built of locally quarried red sandstone, known as Sikri sandstone. The Panch Mahal (Tower of Winds) is a five storey building. There are eighty four columns on the ground floor. Each succeeding storey decreases in size with fifty-six columns on the first floor, twenty on the second, twelve on the third, and the top consists of a single chattri supported by four columns. Pierced stone screens once faced the fa├žade, and probably divided the interior as well, suggesting it was built for the ladies of the court. This view shows details of the carved pillars.

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