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Jami Masjid (Badshahi Mosque), Lahore 1462

Jami Masjid (Badshahi Mosque), Lahore 1462

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Add.Or.1462

Item number: 1462

Length: 18.5

Width: 24.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Jami Masjid (Badshahi Mosque) in Lahore, by an anonymous artist working in the Punjab style, c. 1860. Inscribed in Persian characters: 'Masjid i Huzuri' Bagh.

The Badshahi Mosque, one of the last great Mughal monuments, was built in 1673-74 by the Emperor Aurangzeb (ruled 1658-1707). Constructed of red sandstone and decorated with white marble, it was modelled on the Jami Masjid of Delhi, and departs from the local Punjabi tradition of tile-facing. Set on a high plinth within a walled enclosure adjacent to the western wall of the Lahore Fort, the mosque has three domes and an arcaded facade with octagonal minarets at the corners, and is considered the largest in area on the subcontinent. Its interior is richly decorated with painted stucco.

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