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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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Wall Paintings

Wall Paintings

(p.160) Chapter 10 Wall Paintings
Fathpur Sikri Revisited

Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

Oxford University Press

The harsh monotony of the red stone surfaces has been mellowed by the instrument of covering the surfaces of imperial buildings with decorations in the form of frescoes and murals. The wall paintings at Fathpur Sikri are of three kinds: in the form of miniatures, that is, narrative panels; floral designs and patterns; and geometrical patterns. The first two kinds are generally on buildings associated with the royal household, while the last two types are on guard houses or other bureaucratic structures. Basic colours like deep red, blue, and green have generally been employed. Angels, winged beings, exotic animals, war scenes, and so on, have been drawn on various palaces. Calligraphic bands with Persian verses are also employed in certain structures

Keywords:   murals, fresco, carvo-intaglio, surface decoration, wall paintings, painters, floral design, geometrical pattern, angels, miniature

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