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Upper terrace of Akbar's mausoleum, Sikandra

Upper terrace of Akbar's mausoleum, Sikandra

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: Add.Or.1755

Item number: 1755

Length: 42.1

Width: 69.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour, by an anonymous artist, of Akbar's mausoleum at Sikandra, dated c. 1817. This view of the upper terrace shows the marble cenotaph in the centre.
The mausoleum of the Mughal emperor Akbar is set in a huge square garden surrounded by battlemented walls with red sandstone central gateways. The ground-level storey comprises a set of arched recesses with a tall rectangular central gateway topped by a marble kiosk above. The burial chamber lies deep within the building and on the top floor is a replica tomb, placed exactly above the grave further below, inscribed with the ninety-nine names of Allah and carved from a single block of marble. During Akbar's reign he encouraged a synthesis of Hindu and Islamic artistic traditions and his tomb may be seen as a culmination of this style. The building remained unfinished at his death and was completed by his son Jahangir.

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