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The Palace [Birbal's House], Futtehpur-Sikri

The Palace [Birbal's House], Futtehpur-Sikri

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/3(6)

Item number: 1536

Length: 19.7

Width: 26.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Birbal's House at Fatehpur Sikri, in Uttar Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer as part of the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1895. Vol.I'. The building in this view is situated at the north-west corner of the Jodh Bai Palace, within the city-palace complex of the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605). The Birbal Bhavan, or Birbal's House, was part of the Imperial Harem and housed the Emperor's senior queens, Ruqayya Begum and Salima Sultan Begum. Built in 1571 it is a two-storeyed building with delicate carvings covering both the exterior and interior. Some of the motifs are taken from the Hindu temple tradition, others are Islamic, such as the arched niches and geometric patterns.

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