General view from the south-west of the Diwan-i-Am, Amber Palace
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) at Amber Palace taken sometime in the 1880s and attributed to Henry Hardy Cole (probably incorrectly). Amber was the ancient capital of the Rajputs from 1037 to 1728 and the Palace (Raj Mahal) was built around 1600 by Man Singh I, the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s general. Two courtyards north of the existing palace were added by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I in the mid-seventeenth century. The most northerly of these contains the Diwan-i-Am, considered the finest hypostyle hall of the Rajput School. Its columns are ranged in pairs with richly carved corbels decorated with elephants, the inner columns are of marble and the outer ones of red sandstone. The interior ceiling is formed like a canopy of stripes of differently coloured stone which are attached to a flat rectangle in the centre.