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Tombs and shrine of Gisu Daraz, Gulbarga. March 1797

Tombs and shrine of Gisu Daraz, Gulbarga. March 1797

Artist: MacKenzie, Colin (1754-1821)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1797

Shelfmark: WD617

Item number: 617

Length: 35.1

Width: 53.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour sketch of tombs and the shrine of Gisu Daraz at Gulbarga by Colin MacKenzie (1754-1821), March 1797. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'Sketched on the spot March 1797. C. McK. View of the Tombs of the Kings; and of the Mausoleum of Gheesooduraz at Gulbarga.'


Gulbarga, in the north-eastern part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern region of India has been subject to many different ruling dynasties over the centuries. In the early part of the 14th century it became the part of the Delhi Sultanate and was the capital of the Bahmani kings from 1347 until 1422. The Chishti Saint Bandanawez Gisu Daraz was the mentor of the 9th Bahmani Sultan, Ahmad Shah I. The saint died in 1422 at Gulbarga and his tomb was constructed by Ahmad Shah. The tomb is a simple structure which stands in the middle of a large sprawling complex, consisting of a group of lesser tombs and mosques, and is a major pilgrimage centre.

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