The Jess Mandir, Amber Palace
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Jas Mandir inside Amber Palace taken sometime in the 1880s and attributed, probably incorrectly, to Henry Hardy Cole. The Jas Mandir was the upper portion of a two-storey 'shish mahal' or glass palace in the private residential area for the male members of the royal family and court. The surfaces of the interior walls are decorated with glass mosaic and inlays in vase and floral motifs. The fort at Amber was begun by Raja Man Singh (r. 1592-1615), however this section was constructed later by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I (r. 1623-67/8) as part of later additions to the palace area. The fort was finally abandoned in 1727.