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Agra Fort: Jahangir Mahal

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Title: Agra Fort: Jahangir Mahal
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Agra-- Agra Fort and Moti Masjid;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: This is the Red Palace often erroneously attributed to the Shah Jahangir, but which was, in fact, another of the buildings erected by Akbar during his building programs at the Agra Fort. A very individual effect has been achieved with the paneling motif on this structure, too. In this case, the panels have been enlarged slightly (as compared to those on the towers of the Amar Singh Gate) and kept in uniform sizes all along the facade. Each panel is a miniature ogival arch, slightly recessed, and left without colored decoration. The main entrance has the detached character of the Pearl Mosque of Shah Jehan, but instead of being illusionistically separated from the rest of the building, the palace gate is tied to its supporting facade by the outward thrusting roof colonnade which runs the length of the facade and terminates, from two directions, when it finally meets the entrance block. Somewhat stocky minarets mark the four corners of the palace and display raised cupolas, now the fashion in Indian palace building.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2573


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