Designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, Albert Hall or the Government Central Museum was commissioned by Sawai Ram Singh II to honour the visit of Albert, the Prince of Wales, in 1876. Swinton Jacob had perfected the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, a hybrid form that combined modern European with traditional Indian elements to create a highly ornamental style used for many public buildings during the Raj.
This grand multi-layered building, with its domes, parapets and balustrades, is located in the centre of the Ram Niwas Gardens. Its ground floor displays decorative shields and embossed salvers in Jaipur’s famed metalware, life-sized models of rural scenes, good examples of Jaipur’s glazed pottery, and even an Egyptian mummy. A 30-ft (9-m) long phad (painted cloth scroll), depicts the life of Pahuji , a 14th-century Rajasthani folk hero. The first floor has a fine collection of Mughal and Rajput miniature paintings. The museum’s greatest treasure, one of the world’s largest Persian garden carpets (1632) housed in the Durbar Hall, can be seen on request.
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