Close view of ceiling and carved stone columns in the north verandah of the Turkish Sultana's House, Fatehpur Sikri 1003635
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 view of carved stone columns in the north verandah. The column in the foreground is decorated with a pattern of pomegranates, grapes and melons. The next column has a zigzag pattern on the shaft with floral arabesques on its capital and base.