Carved wooden door inlaid with ivory, Amber Palace 10031586
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a carved wooden door inlaid with ivory within the Palace taken sometime in the 1880s and attributed to Joseph David Beglar (probably incorrectly). Situated about eleven kilometres outside Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of the Rajputs from 1037 to 1728. The Palace (Raj Mahal) was built around 1600 by Man Singh I, the Emperor Akbar's general, however his successors also constructed extensive additions, mainly in the seventeenth century. It is surrounded by an elaborate system of gates set into five different walls. The palace is beautifully decorated with elegant floral ceilings, mosaics and columns particularly in the building known as the Jai Mandir. This photograph is an example of the type of carved detail found all over the palace.