Location: Jaipur, India
"Whether great or small, Indian monarchs never hesitated to style themselves as maharajas, or ‘great kings’, in the belief that their powers were cosmic rather than worldly. They were ‘great kings’ in terms of royal rituals and ceremonies, if not always in authority and influence. To demonstrate regal command over the elements of water and earth. Resplendent with heavenly motifs such as the globe of the sun, the royal throne and furniture was sumptuously ornamented with gold, silver, rubies and diamonds, the treasures of the earth. Sun motifs appear on the walls and ceilings of palace, suggesting the beneficial influence of the heavens. The gleaming sun with radiating spokes as dynastic emblem. Is Placed over the top of the palace."