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Agra Fort: Diwan-i-Am

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Agra Fort: Diwan-i-Am
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Agra-- Agra Fort and Moti Masjid;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Each building within the Agra complex can be studied apart from the other, built within the same period, for the best understanding of the individual manifestations of Mogul art within a given period of time. Likewise, each building should be judged for its own artistic merits since every one of the structures serves a different function and, therefore, is conceived completely differently from any other. In the present slide, we see the great throne room of Akbar which is elegance on a grand scale. The Sultan was a lover of beautiful things, especially when it came to his private apartments and audience halls. His love for elegance is certainly obvious in this gracious building which combines open-air colonnades, for a feeling of lightness externally, with richly furnished interiors for a feeling of substantiality internally. Structurally, the Diwan-i-Am is close to the Diwan-i-khas in conception, as one might expect, for rooms used for similar purposes. Both made use of the cusped arches, reaching almost to the roofline, and a simple roof of flat tiles.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2568


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