Casts from various architectural ornaments at Fatehpur Sikri 1003646
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a group of casts from buildings at Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. The palace-city complex at Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) between 1571 and 1585. Akbar built his city close to the saint Shaikh Salim Chisti's refuge, after the saint had successfully predicted the birth of the Emperor's son and heir, Prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir. This photograph, printed from a broken glass plate, shows casts with a range of carved decorative patterns. No specific identifications are supplied for these cast fragments.