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The Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur

The Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4246

Item number: 4246

Length: 23

Width: 32

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink drawing with grey wash of the Ibrahim Rauza by an anonymous Deccani artist working in the Western India/Bombay style, c.1815. ;Inscribed at bottom: '[Tomb of?] Ibrahim Adil Shah [Ki]ng of Bejapour.'

The Ibrahim Rauza (1627) is the mausoleum complex where Ibrahim Adil Shah II (r.1580-1626) is buried with his queen, Taj Sultana. Exceptionally conceived and finely decorated, it is one of the supreme achievements of the Adil Shahis rulers. Designed by Malik Sandal, a Persian architect, the tomb and a mosque are set in a walled garden facing each other over an ornamental pond, only the tomb is visible in this view. Graceful minarets mark the corners of each building, surmounted by a dome rising from a lotus petal base. The walls of the tomb are embellished with beautiful calligraphic and geometric designs.

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