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f.12 'View from Nizam Shah Tomb: below is the town of Ellora.'

f.12   'View from Nizam Shah Tomb: below is the town of Ellora.'

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Wash

Date: 1849

Shelfmark: WD1619

Item number: 12

Length: 32.5

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Wash drawing of the view from the tomb of Nizam Shah at Rauza, from an Album of 83 drawings; 80 of landscapes and antiquities in the northem Deccan, 2 portraits and 1 flower study made during a tour chiefly to Ellora, Rauza, Daulatabad, Aurangabad and Ajanta. September to November 1849. Although the artist is unidentified, these drawings are of some interest since they show the state of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves soon after the Royal Asiatic Society had brought them to the Company's notice in 1844. Robert Gill had been deputed to make a record of Ajanta in 1846 and was presumably on the spot when these sketches were made.

Rauza or Khuldabad is a picturesque town situated between Aurangabad and the spectacular site of the Ellora caves. It is an important religious site for Muslims as numerous kings, such as emperor Aurangzeb, are interred here. The town is surrounded by a high fortified wall pierced with seven gates, which was built by Aurangzeb and has many ruined tombs and mosques. The Dargah (tomb) of Ahmad Nizam Shah (1490-1509), from which this view is taken, is elevated on a platform and is surrounded by an open court. It has a square plan and the facade is enriched by horseshoe arches. The parapet is corner kiosks and a dome.

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