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Gateway of the Palace, Amber.

Gateway of the Palace, Amber.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(44)

Item number: 97144

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. Amber (or Amer) in Rajasthan, founded by Mina tribesmen in the early 10th century, was taken by the Kacchwaha Rajputs and became their seat and important

Rajput capital from 1150-1728. When Sawai Jai Singh II moved 11 kms away to the newly founded city of Jaipur in 1728 it lost its importance and became known more for its picturesque setting. The fort as well as the original structures of the palace on the hill were built by Man Singh I, Akbar's famous general (ruled 1592-1614), and added to by his successors over a period of hundred years. This view is of the Ganesh Pol, a two-storeyed ornate gateway which serves as the entrance from the public to the private courts of the palace. The gate is also partly defensive: it consists of two adjacent halls, the route through them turning right-angled corners, the asymmetry possibly to impede an invading force. The date of the gateway is not firmly attributed, it was sometime between the late 17th to the early 18th centuries.

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