Front view of the ruined mosque The Jumah Musjid
Artist: Harris, Claudius Richard William (1826-1862)
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
This is plate 2 from 'The Ruins of Mandoo, the Ancient Mahommedan Capital of Malwah, in Central India' by Captain Claudius Harris. The grand red sandstone Jami Masjid in Mandu is said to be modelled on the Great Mosque at Damascus. Begun under Hoshang Shah Ghauri, the first ruler of Mandu (reigned 1405-35), it was completed in 1454 by Mahmud Shah Khilji I (reigned 1436-69). It is built around a central courtyard on a massive raised plinth, with three domes over the prayer hall and a domed entrance chamber. The great courtyard is faced on all sides by colonnades. The entrance is rectangular; its huge domed porch projects from the eastern facade. The doorway of the porch is beautifully ornamented with carved screen patterns and a band of blue glazed tiles.