Close view of carved stone columns in the east verandah of the Turkish Sultana's House, Fatehpur Sikri
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Turkish Sultana's House, Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) between 1571 and 1585. The Turkish Sultana's House is situated beside the Anup Talao, a tank on the north-east of the Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Private Audiences. It is a small one-roomed building with a large sloping roof, surrounded by a verandah which was once separated into extra rooms by screens which have since been removed. The entire building is covered in intricate stone carvings of geometric patterns, trees, birds and animals. This is a close up view of carved stone pillars in the east verandah. The pillar in the background is decorated with vine leaves and bunches of grapes; the one in the middle has a trellis and flower design; and the foreground pillar has an abstract zigzag pattern on the shaft and complex flowing floral design on its capital and base.