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Eastern verandah of Miriam's House, with remains of frescoes, Fatehpur Sikri

Eastern verandah of Miriam's House, with remains of frescoes, Fatehpur Sikri

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(605)

Item number: 1003605

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Mariam's House, or the Sunahara Makan, or the Golden House, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Fatehpur Sikri, was a palace city built by Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) between 1571 and 1585. The house in this view was the residence of Emperor Akbar's mother, Miriam Makani. The oblong house stands on a platform and is surrounded by a verandah on three sides. There are four rooms on the ground floor and three on the first floor from where a steep staircase leads to the flat roof which is covered by a pavilion at its northern end. This is a close view of part of the wall, showing the remains of frescoes; the house was originally covered with paintings and gilding.

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