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Temple at Amber, Jeypore.

Temple at Amber, Jeypore.

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 50/2(146)

Item number: 502146

Genre: Photograph

The photographer is not named, but is possibly Deen Dayal, the image is of a temple at Amber near Jaipur in Rajasthan, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views.
The Amber (or Amer) Palace is 11 kms from Jaipur in Rajasthan and situated halfway up a hill, which is crowned with fortifications. It was the stronghold of the Kacchwaha Rajputs from the 12th century until Sawai Jai Singh II (ruled 1700-1743) transferred his capital to the newly-founded Jaipur in 1728. Jaigarh Fort (ca.1600) at the summit dominates the palace below it with its high towers and ramparts, and they overlook Maota Lake at the base of the hill. The fort as well as the original structures of the palace were built by Man Singh I, Akbar's famous general (ruled 1592-1614), and added to by his successors. A number of Hindu temples can be found at Amber both inside and outside the fort and palace. This temple pavilion is supported by intricately carved piers decorated with figures and serpentine brackets.

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