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The exterior of the Adina Mosque at Pandua, showing the ruins of the tomb of Sikandar Shah along the western wall..

The exterior of the Adina Mosque at Pandua, showing the ruins of the tomb of Sikandar Shah along the western wall..

Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4882

Item number: 4882

Length: 36.8

Width: 45.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Adina Mosque at Pandua from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Malda to Gunga Pursaad Vol. II' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and the Commander-in-Chief (r. 1813-23), was accompanied by artist Sita Ram (flourished c.1810-22) to illustrate his journey from Calcutta to Delhi between 1814-15.

Idealised view of the exterior of the Adina Mosque at Pandua, showing the ruins of the tomb of Sikandar Shah along the western wall. Pandua, near the city of Gaur in the Malda district of Bengal, was a centre of provincial Islamic culture, reaching its apogee when it supplanted Gaur as capital of Bengal from 1342 till the beginning of the 15th century. The Adina Mosque in Pandua, one of the largest in India, was built in c.1375 by Sikandar Shah I (r.1358–90). It is of stone up to the imposts of the arches with the upper part of the building composed of brick, a method of construction which became widespread in Bengal. The basalt stone used was taken from earlier Hindu structures and the brickwork was carved and moulded into diverse patterns. Although the mosque is largely in ruins, it is one of the best surviving examples of early Indo-Islamic architecture. Inscribed below: 'Ruins of the Medina Mosque near Malda.'

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