Marble Swing in front of the Gopal Bhawan, Deeg
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of the marble swing in front of the Gopal Bhavan at Dig, Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. The beautiful 18th-century residence of the Jats of Bharatpur at Dig was begun by Badan Singh (ruled 1722-33) and continued by his son Suraj Mal (ruled 1733-63). It was conceived as a garden palace, with pavilions arranged around a formal garden laid out in the Persian-Mughal tradition of the char bagh and flanked by tanks or reservoirs. The marble arch was the frame for a swing or hindola and stood centrally on the terrace in front of the Gopal Bhavan, the principal pavilion at the western edge of the garden. The palace contains a number of water features designed to evoke the romance of the monsoon season and the swing also carries this association in Hindu and Rajasthani tradition. It is believed to have been brought from Delhi as a trophy of war by Suraj Mal.