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Front view of the main entrance to the liwan of the Jami Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri

Front view of the main entrance to the liwan of the Jami Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(585)

Item number: 1003585

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the the main entrance to the liwan of the Jami Masjid 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); the Jami Masjid was completed in 1572. 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 heir, Prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir. This is a view, from the east, of the main entrance to the liwan. A row of small chhatris crown the top of this raised entrance. The soffit of the deeply recessed arch is decorated with painted abstract floral designs and around the arch a wide band is carved with chain fretwork terminated with leaves.

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