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Mausoleum of Salim Chishti, Fatehpur Sikri 1753

Mausoleum of Salim Chishti, Fatehpur Sikri 1753

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: Add.Or.1753

Item number: 1753

Length: 48.3

Width: 69.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour by an anonymous artist of the Mausoleum of Salim Chishti at Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, dated c. 1817. The sheet of paper containing the image has an 1815 water-mark. The Mughal Emperor Akbar built his palace-city complex at Fatehpur Sikri on the site of Shaikh Salim's residence in honour of the saint's prediction of the birth of Akbar's heir, Prince Salim, who later became the emperor Jahangir. Shaikh Salim was a member of the Chishti order of Muslims saints or 'pirs'. Akbar would have consulted him on both religious and secular matters. The tomb is situated in the 'sahn' or courtyard of the congregational mosque, behind the impressive Buland Darwaza gateway. It is a single-storey building comprising a central square chamber with a surrounding covered passageway enclosed with carved pierced screens and an entrance to the south. In style the tomb is influenced by earlier mausolea in Gujarat of the sultanate period. The building is ornamented with white marble serpentine brackets supporting sloping eaves around the parapet and carved pierced screens of geometric design.

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