General view of the courtyard in front of the Ganesh Pol, Amber Palace
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the courtyard in front of the Ganesh Pol at Amber Palace taken sometime in the 1880s and attributed to Henry Hardy Cole (probably incorrectly). Amber had been the site of a Rajput fortress since the eleventh century. The palace that remains today was begun by Raja Man Singh (r. 1592-1615). Alterations continued to be made throughout the seventeenth century by a succession of Rajput overlords before the fortress was eventually abandoned in the 1727. The view looks east across the courtyard, with steps leading up to the Ganesh Pol just visible to the right. A small portion of the Diwan-i-Am, or hall of public audience, can be seen at the left. The Ganesh Pol is so-called because of its painted panel fo the Hindu god Ganesha above the entrance arch and forms the gateway to the private residential area of the palace.