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The Great Imambara of Asaf al-Daula, Lucknow

The Great Imambara of Asaf al-Daula, Lucknow

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3215

Item number: 3215

Length: 41.5

Width: 54.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Great Imambara of Asaf al-Daula, Lucknow, part of the Hyde collection by an anonymous artist working in the Murshidabad style in c. 1790-1800. Inscribed on the back in pencil and ink: 'Emaumbarree at Lucknow.'

Nawab Asaf ud-Daula of Awadh (r.1775-1797), requested architect Kifayat-ullah in 1784 to construct the Great Imambara, for the purpose of celebrating the Muslim festival of Muharram in commemoration of the imams Ali, Hasan, and Hussein. Subsequently, the imambara was used as a mausoleum for Asaf ud-Daula upon his death in 1797. Both the interior and exterior of the hall are highly decorated.

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