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A Pagoda [Firoz Shah's Minar At Gaur]

A Pagoda [Firoz Shah's Minar At Gaur]

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749 - 1840)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: X768/2(13)

Item number: 20013

Genre: Print

Plate thirteen from '24 Views in Indostan by William Orme'. This picture is based on an earlier compostion by Thomas Daniell (1749-1840). Although titled 'A Pagoda', the picture actually represents Firoz Minar (also known as the Pir Asa Minar) in the abandoned ancient site of Gaur in West Bengal. The Firoz Minar is a Victory tower which was constructed in 1486 by Firoz Shah. Victory towers sch as these were often built by Indian rulers to commemorate the success of important battles. The Firoz Minar is 84 feet high and can be climbed through an internal staircase leading to a platform at the top.

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