The five storeyed tower at Gaur known as the Pir Asa Minar or Firoz Shah Minar
Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)
Idealised view of the five storeyed tower at Gaur known as the Pir Asa Minar or Firoz Shah Minar, with a Palas tree, 'Butea frondosa,' in brilliant salmon-pink flower in the foreground. The ruined city of Gaur is located on the India-Bangladesh border in the Malda district of Bengal. The five-storey high (about 84 ft) victory tower called the Firuz Minar was built in the late 15th century. It originally terminated in a domed pavilion. It rises from an embankment which on the west side has steps leading to the entrance. The tower has an internal spiral staircase from the base to the top and was once decorated with glazed tiles which have mostly disappeared. Inscribed below: 'Minar at Gour and the Pullass Tree or Butea frondosa.'