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Jodh Bai's Palace: Fatehpur Sikri

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Title: Jodh Bai's Palace: Fatehpur Sikri
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Fatehpur Sikri-- Fatehpur-Sikri 'Jodh Bai's Palace';architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Fatehpur Sikri was founded by Akbar as the new capital of the Mogul empire and was provided with a vast array of secular and sacred buildings, all in the new Indo-Islamic style. In 1585, however, the seat of government was moved to Lahore, partly because of a water shortage problem, despite the fact that the city had been installed with an amazing artificial water life and its own lake. While Akbar's government was still at Fatehpur, a number of richly decorated palace residences were constructed, one of the most interesting of which was the palace of Jodh Bai which, as we can see, had been built with a stepped upper story, roofed with barrel vaults. Like many of Akbar's own buildings, Jodh Bai followed the dictates of the local wood-carving styles in adapting this type of vaulted roof. The vertical rise often given the facade of palaces by means of an outwardly thrusting main entrance has been foregone for a less hieratic effect of balanced construction. Two raised portions of the roof give the same feeling of suspended height as the commonly employed cupolas of minarets, but here serve a double function as the constituents of a second story as well.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2454


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