Gate leading to a Musjed, at Chunar Ghur
Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 24 from the first set of Thomas Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' The ancient fortress of Chunargarh, on a bold rock on the Ganges just before it reaches Varanasi, was strongly fortified by Akbar and represented the gateway to his Eastern Indian provinces. In 1606 Shah Qasim Sulamaini, a famous pious figure, died here and his followers built him a funerary complex. The entrance is a magnificent structure with a pointed arch in the middle, completely decorated with relief patterns of different designs. The artist commented, '...the effect of this gate, at a distance, is grand, from the bold projection of its superior parts; and its ornaments, though numerous, are applied with so much art and discretion, as to form the happiest union of beauty and grandeur.'