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Chuta Suna [Chota Sona] Masjid, or small Golden Mosque.

Chuta Suna [Chota Sona] Masjid, or small Golden Mosque.

Artist: Creighton, Henry (c.1767 - 1807)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: W3481(6)

Item number: 34816

Length: 10.2

Width: 14.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Aquatint from a painting by Henry Creighton dated to 1817. Also known as the Gem of Gaur (c.1493-1519), the Chota Sona or Small Golden Mosque displays carved stone panels of intricate design formed from the fine black basalt of the nearby Rajmahal hills. The central corridor has typical Bengali 'chahar chala' vaulting. Its basalt surfaces are carved with relief panels containing floral and lamp motifs. The domes, which give the mosque its name, were originally gilde as shown in the aquatint. Gaur was the capital of the Bengali sultanate from the mid-fifteenth century following the move from the nearby city of Pandua.

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