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A Muslim tomb near Agra

A Muslim tomb near Agra

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3218

Item number: 3218

Length: 24.7

Width: 37.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a Muslim tomb near Agra. Agra was the seat of the imperial Mughal court during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries before the capital was shifted to Delhi. The city of Agra, strategically located on the banks of the Jumna river, flourished inder the patronage of the Mughal emperors, attracting artisans from Persia and other parts of India who built forts, palaces, gardens and tombs. This drawing shows the tomb of a high status individual. It sits on a high plinth and is faced in red sandstone. The buildings is an interesting fusion of local and imported styles, combining Hindu domed kiosks placed on an arcaded structure beneath with a projected arched recession or 'pishtaq' at the centre of each facade. Inscribed on the back in ink: 'A Mussulmaun's Tomb - near Agra 40 miles from it: A Mussulman Tomb 40 miles from Agra.'

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