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'Funeral urn' in the Adina Mosque, Pandua (Bengal) [possibly a carved incense burner, under the Minbar in the mosque].

'Funeral urn' in the Adina Mosque, Pandua (Bengal) [possibly a carved incense burner, under the Minbar in the mosque].

Artist: Francklin, William (1763-1839)

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: WD320

Item number: 320

Length: 62.3

Width: 40.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Indian ink and water-colour drawing of a funeral urn in the Adina Mosque, Pandua (West Bengal) by William Francklin (1763-1839) in 1810. Inscribed on the front in ink is:' Funeral urn in alto relievo at the Adina Musjid at Purooah underneath the Mimber or Pulpit - Drawn on the spot. A.D. 1810. Fascimile. W. Francklin Major'; and on the back in pencil is: '3.'

The Adina Mosque at Pandua was built around 1370 by Sultan Sikander Shah, the second sultan of the Ilyas Shahi dynasty, in his capital at Pandua in the modern-day Malda District of West Bengal. It is an excellent example of sultanate architecture and was the largest mosque on the subcontinent at the time of its construction, a reflection of the power and wealth of the sultan. The mosque comprises a rectangular sanctuary with a large enclosed courtyard to the east and a further tomb attached to the back of the sanctuary to the west, thought to be that of Sikander Shah himself. The mosque is decorated with magnificent intricate carvings of calligraphic inscriptions and non-calligraphic surface ornamentation. The complex designs included geometrical patterns, vegetation motifs, rosettes and abstract arabesque designs. The mosque is built of brick with black basalt finishings. This drawing possibly shows an incense burner design carved into a section of this basalt decorative facing.

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