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Koorsee Diwan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audiences). Red Fort, Delhi.

Koorsee Diwan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audiences). Red Fort, Delhi. by Unknown artist

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The Diwan-i-Am or 'The Hall of Public Audiences' in the Red Fort, Dehli, was where the Emperor would sit and hear the complaints of the common people. His alcove in the wall was marble-panelled, and set with precious stones, but many of these were looted after the Mutiny of 1857. The Red Fort also houses the Diwan-i-Khas, (Hall of Private Audiences, where the Emperor held private meetings. Also made of marble, the famous Peacock Throne, now in Iran, was its magnificent centrepiece. Although a mere remnant of its former glory, the hall has retained a famous Persian couplet on the wall which reads 'If on earth be an eden on bliss, it is this, it is this, none but this' which gives an intimation of its original splendour.

Title
Koorsee Diwan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audiences). Red Fort, Delhi.
Artist/creator
Production date
late 19th century
Medium
watercolour
Dimensions
130 x 206 mm
Inscription
title, Koorsee Diwan am ( LC).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Paul R C Potter, 1970
Accession no
1970/31/7
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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