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Birbal's House, Fatehpur Sikri

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Title: Birbal's House, Fatehpur Sikri
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Fatehpur Sikri-- Fatehpur-Sikri "Birbal's House";architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: A similar attempt at adding height and space to two-storied residences is evidenced in Birbal's House, also built in the city of Fatehpur Sikri under Akbar. Rather than raising a second story as an open-air verandah, however, this structure closes in the upper levels while preserving the many-roomed effect of the former house. In appearance, the second example is also heavier and more substantial than the first, and the vaulted roof does not seem to be raised on slender columns in a hat-like fashion, but, rather, sits solidly on firm walls more like the lid of a casket. If we compare the wall decoration in the two buildings, another illusionistic contrast is immediately noticeable. In the house of Jodh Bai, the paneling motif is reduced to a few recessed areas of concentric rectangles, trimmed with a single row of carving along the upper edges only. In the house of Birbal, the panels have been increased in number, the recessing is in the shape of the ogival arch with cusped edges, and this pattern is repeated in the doorways proper.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2395


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