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The tomb of Shams-i-Tabriz, Multan (Punjab). 30 December 1876

The tomb of Shams-i-Tabriz, Multan (Punjab). 30 December 1876

Artist: Harcourt, Alfred Frederick Pollock (1836-1910)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1876

Shelfmark: WD2580

Item number: 2580

Length: 25.5

Width: 36

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour by Alfred Frederick Pollock Harcourt (1836-1910) of the tomb of Shams-i Tabriz at Multan in the Punjab, Pakistan, dated 30th December 1876. The image is inscribed on the front in pencil: 'Shumuz Tabraez. 30 Dec 76'; and on the back in ink: 'The Shumus Tabraez Musjid Multan, Alfred Harcourt.' This tomb was rebuilt in 1780 and belongs to a celebrated Sufi martyr who was murdered in 1247. The main body of the building is a square surrounded by a verandah. The upper section is octagonal, surmounted by a hemispherical dome and covered in glazed blue tiles. Some parts of the walls are decorated with glazed tiles, mainly blue and white, arranged in geometric patterns.

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