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Agra Fort: Delhi Gate

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Title: Agra Fort: Delhi Gate
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Agra-- Agra Fort and Moti Masjid;architecture;landscape
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Shah Akbar built the main wall, the Delhi Gate, and the palace of the Agra Fort in 1566 and repeatedly occupied the grounds as it was one of his favorite sites. His last stay dated between 1600 and 1605. Red sandstone is again the medium, and while the methods of construction and most of the individual shapes remain strictly Indian in character, Persian ideas are more in evidence here than in the Pearl Mosque discussed in slide 11. Much of the local wood-carving traditions have been borrowed for the windows and doorways penetrating the massive walls of the fortress, and also in the buttresses of the interior chambers. The most outstanding Persian features are present in the paneling construction of the enclosure walls. Notice the rhythmical pattern set up by the vertical elements of these panels along the fortress' exterior.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/183173
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2565

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