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Sheesh Mahel, Amber

Sheesh Mahel, Amber

Photographer: Deen Dayal, Lala

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 430/21(47)

Item number: 4302147

Length: 20.1

Width: 28.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Sheesh Mahal in the Palace at Amber in Rajasthan, taken by Lala Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of places proposed to be visited by Their Excellencies Lord & Lady Curzon during Autumn Tour 1902'. Amber was the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs from c.1150 until the foundation of the city of Jaipur nearby in 1727. Raja Man Sing I (r.1592-1615) began construction of the Raj Mahal or Old Palace, which was added to by his successors in the 17th and early 18th centuries. This is an interior view of the ornately decorated central chamber of the Jai Mandir, a Sheesh Mahal (or Mirror Pavilion). It has mirrorwork inlaid in intricate patterns on the walls and ceilings, and coloured glass set into arched niches and window frames. Most Rajput palaces included mirror pavilions among their apartments. However, here the technique follows the style evolved under the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r.1628-58) with its floral and geometic designs contained in arch-shaped indents.

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