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Fathpur Sikri Revisited$
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Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198084037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198084037.001.0001

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Sikri after Akbar

Sikri after Akbar

(p.150) Chapter 9 Sikri after Akbar
Fathpur Sikri Revisited

Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

Oxford University Press

Sikri was ‘abandoned’ as a capital in 1585. Though Akbar never returned, the town survived into the next reign as a textile town where not only rugs were being woven but also indigo cultivation and production was taking place. The palaces and nobles’ quarters were abandoned, but the city continued to flourish. It was visited by Jahangir and later a number of times by Shahjahan, who also built his own lodge. Situated on the top of the ridge, the Shahjahani palace was initially identified by its excavator as ladies’ quarters. It was re-identified by the author as Shahjahan’s palace on the basis of its surface decorations and its reference in one of the sources from Shahjahan’s reign. The last reference to a royal visit to Fathpur Sikri is from the reign of Muhammad Shah, who is said to have remained there for some time.

Keywords:   Jahangir, Shahjahan, daulatkhana, subterraneous chamber, carvo-intaglio, wall painting, surface decoration

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