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Mausoleum of Safdar Jang

Mausoleum of Safdar Jang

Artist: Wilson, Horace H

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1841

Shelfmark: X724(9)

Item number: 9

Length: 27

Width: 37.25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 9 from HH Wilson's 'The Oriental Portfolio'. Safdar Jang was the title of the nobleman Abul Mansur Khan, who was prime minister under Mughal Emperor Ahmad Shah circa 1748-54. He died in Mehdi Ghat in 1754.

The large mausoleum shown was built by his son and stands in a walled complex at the end of a road leading to Humayun’s tomb in Delhi. Wilson writes: "The building is a chaste and symmetrical edifice, constructed of blocks of red sandstone very carefully adjusted and relieved by mouldings of white marble: it is surmounted by a dome of the same material. The body of the building contains a high vaulted apartment in the centre, and the smaller one in each of the angle ... In the centre of the principal chamber stands a sarcophagus, an oblong block of fine white marble delicately sculptured, and inlaid with mosaic of coloured stones. The tomb is situated in a garden enclosed by a high wall."

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