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Jami Masjid, Delhi 1806

Jami Masjid, Delhi 1806

Artist: Latif (fl..1820s)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1820

Shelfmark: Add.Or.1806

Item number: 1806

Length: 54.5

Width: 70.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Jami' Masjid in Delhi by Latif, an artist working in the Agra style, c. 1820-1822. Inscribed on the front in English: 'Jumna Musjid or Grand Mosque of Delhi'; in Persian characters:' Jami' masjid dar Shahjahanabad 'amal i Latif' (Jama Masjid of Shahjahanabad. The work of Latif).

The Jami Masjid is the largest mosque in India with its courtyard measuring 300 ft. It stands on a natural outcrop of rock which dominates the city and took 5,000 workmen six years to build. It functions as a congregational, Friday (Jami) mosque. The mosque is on the western edge of the courtyard and steep flights of stairs lead to the three huge gateways on the other sides. The fa├žade screen of the mosque is faced in red sandstone with extensive white marble trim. It contains eleven arches, the central one being an extremely large iwan. A tall minaret stands at each end of the screen. Three bulbous white domes cover the mosque, each decorated with thin vertical black stripes. A water tank at the center of the courtyard allows members of the congregation to wash before prayers.

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