Carved wooden door, Amber Palace 10031588
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a carved wooden door inside the Palace at Amber taken sometime in the 1880s and attributed to Joseph David Beglar. 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. The photograph shows carved detail consisting of abstract floral and curving plant-forms set into square and rectangular spaces upon the door.