|Viceroy Curzon's bronze lamp in the Taj. taj-mahal.net|
|Curzon's bronze lamp above tombs,The Taj Mahal.taj-mahal.net|
( 11 January 1859 – 20 March 1925),
|Viceroy George Curson, British India. en. wikipedia. org.|
Viceroy of repute during the Raj. It was one of
Curzon’s gifts to the Taj Mahal. Lord Curson, one of the energetic senior British India officials had a fascination for beautiful artistic works and monuments and took deep interest in them. In the case of the Taj, because of its unparallelled grandeur and lavishing beauty, he held the Mogul building closer to his heart and, if occasion demanded, he had spent a good deal of his money as well as that of the government's to keep the monument in good shape.
|Lord Curzon's brass lamp, The taj Mahal. imgpic.org|
a replica of the one that once hung from the mosque of Sultan Baibars I in Egypt. Having found that particular lamp to use it a model he was looking for was missing, Curzon was a bit disappointed. However, he did not give up his mission to have a new bronze lamp installed over the mausoleum in the Taj. When he came to know that the local artisans knew how the lamp he had in mind looked like and they had the skill and expertise to produce a replica, Curzon commissioned the creation of a lamp for the Taj Mahal. In this regard, he had consultations with two Egyptian scholars as to the details of the proposed lamp. One good trait about lord Curzon is he never compromised on quality and strongly believed in perfection. An experienced artisan by the name of Todros Badir was chosen by him to execute the job. As much importance was given to the details of the lamp and artistic work, it took not less than two years to complete the work on the bronze lamp that majestically is now hanging over the mausoleum of the two great souls. An interesting feature of this Lord Curzon's bronze lamp
If I had never done anything else in India, I have written my name here and the letters are a living joy" These are the words Lord Curzon used whilst making a speech from the terrace of the Taj Mahal. The lamp that has hung from the dome has been shining upon the two tombs since the early nineteen hundreds.
During the recent cleaning operation of The Taj Mahal’s century-old chandelier was damaged a bit. Though accidental, it was a glaring act of negligence, It was one of the two gifted by then Viceroy, Lord.Curzon in the early 20th century. The chandelier made of copper that adorned one of the royal gates, was installed in 1909. Weighing around 60kg, it was crafted at the Mayo School of Art in Lahore. The visitors can not miss this beautifully made chandelier.