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Diwan-I-Khas for crystal throne packed for transport

June 30, 1858
Architectural and Building
Humayun II 1857-1877




Fig. 100: DIWAN-I KHAS WITH CRYSTAL THRONE PACKED FOR TRANSPORT, photograph by Charles Moravia, 1858. The photograph comes from the album of Edward Campbell, who was AlDC to the Governor General Lord Canning and was also Prize Officer after the siege of Delhi. The crystal throne was placed in the centre of the river façade of the Diwan-i Khas. It no doubt replaced the Peacock Throne after it had been carted off to Persia by Nadir Shah in 1739, Earlier descriptions, including William Francklin's and Thomas Twining's, both of whom saw it 1794, suggest that it was covered with cushions with a canopy above supported by silver pillars, as in fig. 71. Emily Clive Bayley records seeing the block of crystal 1848-50 on the of cloth of gold used to be spread for the King to sit on' (Kaye 1980, pp. 205-06). top of which luxurious cushions Private collection, London.

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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