Suman Burj, Delhi Fort. [Incorrectly captioned: shows Scales of Justice screen, Diwan-i-Khas.]
Photographer: Deen Dayal, Lala
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Scales of Justice Screen in the Khas Mahal of the Red Fort at Delhi, taken by Lala Deen Dayal in the 1890s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of places proposed to be visited by Their Excellencies Lord & Lady Curzon during Autumn Tour 1902'. The Red Fort or Lal Qila was built in the 1640s by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r.1628-1658) as the palace citadel for his new capital city, Shajahanabad. The palace consists of a series of pavilions along the eastern edge of the fort overlooking the Yamuna river. The Khas Mahal contained the private chambers of the emperor. This interior view shows a wall richly decorated with inlaid floral pietra dura work and inset with a pierced marble screen. The semi-circular panel of the screen depicts a crescent moon, stars and the scales of justice, the latter used as a regal emblem. The lower section is carved in a floral and lattice work design. The screen is suspended over the central water channel known as the Nahr-i-Behisht or "Stream of Paradise" that passes in a straight line through the palace apartments.