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Details of the pillars, brackets and arches of Salim Chishti's dargah

Details of the pillars, brackets and arches of Salim Chishti's dargah

Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4853

Item number: 4853

Length: 40

Width: 48.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the details from Salim Chishti's dargah from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Tughlikabad to Secundra Vol. VIII' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and the Commander-in-Chief (r. 1813-23), was accompanied by artist Sita Ram (flourished c.1810-22) to illustrate his journey from Calcutta to Delhi between 1814-15.

Idealised view of the details of the pillars, brackets and arches of Salim Chishti's 'dargah'. This white marble tomb [dargah] is situated in the courtyard of the Jami Masjid, the principal congregational mosque, within the palace-city complex of Fatehpur Sikri. The Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) choose this location in order to be close to Shaikh Salim's refuge as he had successfully prophesied the birth of Akbar's heir, Prince Salim (Jehangir). The Jami Masjid (Dargah Mosque), completed in 1572, took five years to build and was dedicated to the saint who died at around the same time. The delicate lattice screens and serpentine eave-supporting brackets on the saint's tomb are some of the finest carved marble decorations in India. These were inspired by those on the Stonecutter's Mosque, built in 1565, for Shaikh Salim in his complex near the city. Inscribed below: 'Ornaments of Shaw Selim Cheestee's Tomb enlarged.'

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