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A small gateway covered with a dome [Gumpti Darwaza].

A small gateway covered with a dome [Gumpti Darwaza].

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

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: W3481(10)

Item number: 348110

Length: 10.4

Width: 14.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Coloured aquatint from a painting by Henry Creighton, engraved by Thomas Metland, and dated to 1817. The ruined city of Gaur was surrounded on all sides by numerous darwazas or gates. This gateway, known as the Gumpti Darwaza, leads through the rampart of the fort on the east side and from an inscription found near the spot was probably built by Husain Shah in 1503. The gateway comprises a domed square chamber with arched entrances that provide access and engaged polygonal bastions at each of the four corners. It is elaborately decorated with glazed tilework panels showing brightly coloured floral and geometric designs.

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