Elevation of back wall of the Sa'id [Sayyid] masjid at Mandal
Draughtsman: Gopal, Hari (fl. 1875)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen-and-ink elevation of the back wall of the Sayyid Masjid at Mandal in Gujarat, by Hari Gopal (fl. 1875), dating to between 1884 and 1886. This image is from the Burgess collection, an album of 49 drawings of plans, sections, elevations, sculpture and architectural details of Muslim monuments in Ahmadabad and the surrounding areas made between 1884 and 1886. The drawings were prepared mainly by Indian draftsmen under the supervision of James Burgess (1832-1916) of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Mandal is a town situated approximately 22 kilometres north-west of Viramgam near Ahmadabad in Gujarat. It contains some mosques of archaeological interest notably the Jami Masjid, Sayyid Masjid, Kazi Masjid and Ganjni Masjid. This drawing shows the elevation of the back of the 'qibla' or directional wall of the Sayyid Masjid or Sayyid Mosque. The 'qibla' indicates the direction of Mecca towards which prostrations are directed during Muslim prayers. This view shows the wall with three projecting bastions, elaborately ornamented with relief decoration, and interspersed with two windows contained in carved architectural niches.