Gateway and stone elephant, (?)Amber
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a gateway and a stone elephant at an unidentified building at Amber, taken in the 1880s and attributed to Joseph David Beglar (probably incorrectly). Eleven kilometres north of Jaipur can be found the town of Amber. Temples, palaces, forts, mosques and ornamental gardens are all testament to the town's importance. Amber had been the site of a Rajput fortress since the eleventh century. The fort currently standing high above the palace was built around 1600 and dominates the area. The palace was begun by Raja Man Singh (r. 1592-1615) and it was altered throughout the seventeenth century by a succession of Rajput overlords. This gate is probably part of the palace. Elephants, and Ganesh in particular are often associated with gates, famously at Amber at the Ganesh Pol. This is because of Ganesh's role as the 'lord of obstacles'.