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Agra Fort: Amar Singh Gate

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Agra Fort: Amar Singh Gate
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Agra-- Agra Fort and Moti Masjid;architecture;architectural ornament
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: In another of the Agra Fort gates, the Persian paneling motif is clearly visible in the form of smaller elements on the gate towers proper. The walls on either side of the entrance are, in appearance, like those beside the Delhi Gate, with the same large vertical elements forming the paneling. Here, however, the paneling has been reduced to a decorative system much like tile work, which was very popular in Persian architecture and Moslem only at a later date. The colors added to the panels contribute to their similarity to glazed tiles as does the inset carving. It is interesting to note that the artificial stories on the towers have been preserved, but have been beautifully camouflaged into the numerous rows of additional horizontal motifs, so that it would be difficult to discriminate between the simulated divisions and the simple abstract ornaments.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2567


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