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Tomb of Ranjit Singh, Lahore (Punjab). January 1849

Tomb of Ranjit Singh, Lahore (Punjab). January 1849

Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1849

Shelfmark: WD2813

Item number: 2813

Length: 23.2

Width: 35.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil drawing of the tomb of Ranjit Singh at Lahore in the Punjab (modern Pakistan) by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871) in January 1849. Inscribed on the the front in pencil is: 'Runjeet Singh's Tomb. Lahore. H.A. Oldfield. Jany 1849.'

Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the famed Sikh leader, ruled the Punjab (modern Pakistan) from 1799 to 1839. His 'samadh' or tomb is located in Lahore near the Fort and the Badshahi Mosque. The tomb was commenced by Ranjit Singh’s son, Kharak Singh, on the spot where the Maharaja was cremated. It was completed in 1848 during the reign of Dalip Singh. It is a fine example of Sikh architecture with gilded and fluted domes, ornamental domed kiosks and stone lanterns with an ornate balustrade on the square roof. Ranjit Singh’s ashes are contained in a marble urn, carved in the shape of a lotus. This is kept in an ornamental pavilion inlaid with gemstones in the central chamber of the tomb.

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