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Selim Shah's Tomb, Sasaram (Bihar). 6 January 1814

Selim Shah's Tomb, Sasaram (Bihar). 6 January 1814

Artist: unknown

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: WD752

Item number: 752

Length: 27

Width: 44.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing of Salim Shah's Tomb at Sasaram by an unknown artist, 6 January 1814. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'S.E. Sketch of Selim Shah's Tomb, which had been begun but not completed - 2 furlongs from Saseram. 6th Jany. 1814.'

The unfinished tomb of Salim Shah is about 2 kilometres north-west of the town of Sasaram in Bihar. In the late-fifteenth century this area was controlled by the Sur Dynasty who were an Afghan tribe and a branch of the Lodi Dynasty (1451-1526). They constructed unique mausoleums around Sasaram including that of Salim Shah which was intended to float on water like the tomb of his father Sher Shah. The tomb was built on a low basement and would have been very large if construction had not been abandoned midway through its course.

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