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A view of the dargah or shrine of Qutb-Sahib at Mehrauli

A view of the dargah or shrine of Qutb-Sahib at Mehrauli

Artist: Muhammad Yusuf (fl.c.1845-1875)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1845

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4308

Item number: 4308

Length: 45

Width: 59

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a view of the shrine of Qutb-Sahib at Mehrauli by the Delhi artist Muhammad Yusuf (fl.c.1845-1875), c.1845. Inscribed in Persian in red paint: (above) 'naqsha darga-i Hazrat Qutb al-Aqtab'; (below) ''amal 'abdihi Muhammad Yusuf 'afa Allah 'anhu.'"

Khvaja Qutb al-Din Bakhtyar Kaki from Ush, who was known as Qutb-Sahib from his residence near the Qutb Minar, went to India with the earliest Muslim invaders and became a disciple of Khvaja Mu'in al-Din Chishti of Ajmer. He died in 1236 and was buried in a simple grave at Mehrauli. The beautification of the tomb did not apparently begin until the 16th century, but the tomb itself remained an open enclosure. In this drawing, it is shown surrounded by a simple balustrade with a velvet canopy over it. To the left is part of the wall of coloured floral tiles traditionally associated with Aurangzeb. The surrounding enclosing wall of marble 'jalis', with marble gates, was built by Farrukhsiyar in 1713.

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