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Mihrab in Muhafez Khan's

Mihrab in Muhafez Khan's

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: WD2221

Item number: f.58

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of the mihrab, or prayer niche, from the Mosque of Muhafiz Khan at Ahmadabad, near Gujarat from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [of] Muhammadan Architecture of Ahmadabad.' This small mosque was built in 1465 by Jamail-ud-Din Muhafiz Khan who was a nobleman at the court of Sultan Mahmud Begada (r.1459-1511) and appointed chief magistrate of Ahmadabad in 1471. The arrangement of the minarets on the fa├žade of the Muhafiz Khan mosque is similar to the Isanpur mosque, as they were positioned at the extreme ends of the building, a new architectural style in Ahmadabad in the fifteenth century. Key decorative features include perforated windows, carved marble rosettes in the back wall, and a carved marble pulpit in the centre of the mosque.

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