Close view of carved dado panel in red sandstone in the Turkish Sultana's House, Fatehpur Sikri 1003639
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. The carved dado rail in the interior is divided into eight oblong panels each of which is surrounded by a border and then by another wider fretwork border which contains the swastika motif. This damaged panel depicts a lions in a forest with pheasants perched among the trees.