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Sarangpur Queen's mosque door of stair

Sarangpur Queen's mosque door of stair

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: WD2222

Item number: f.44

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of a doorway from the Queen's mosque at Sarangpur near Ahmadabad in Gujarat. The Queen's mosque, also known as the Malik Sarang mosque or Rani Mosque was built c.1530 by Malik Quivam ul Mulk, the governor of Ahmadabad in the 1520s and a nobleman at the court of Sultan Muzaffar Shah (r.1511-26). The mosque has five large domes and a series of arched entrances along the facade. The larger central entrance is flanked by two robust minarets, now truncated at roof level. The bases of the minarets are covered in elaborate carving in the niches and across a series of horizontal bands. The interior of the minarets and the roof are accessible via stairs. This illustration of a door, located in the mosque's interior, leads to the stairs of the minarets and are also highly decorative with carved architraves and arched heads with pyramidal fronts above.

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