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Afzal Khan's wife's Tomb, Bijapur

Afzal Khan's wife's Tomb, Bijapur

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1768)

Item number: 10031768

Length: 202

Width: 260

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Afzal Khan's wife's Tomb from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Afzal Khan was Muhammad Adil Shah's (r.1627-56) prime minister and died in 1653. Henry Cousens wrote: "The reputed graves of Afzal Khan's wives, situated in a grove of trees, are on a large masonry platform, with the remains of a large tank before it, known as the ''Muhammad Sarwar''. On the platform are eleven rows of graves, all being those of females, amounting, in all, to sixty-three, with an open empty grave which would have made the sixty-fourth. These have been so regularly placed at equal intervals, and are all so uniform in size and design, that they appear to have been made for persons who had all died at the same time. Tradition tells us that, Afzal Khan being so impressed with the prediction that he would not return to Bijapur, and believing he would not require his worldly goods any longer, had all his wives drowned before setting out, and that all but one, who escaped, were buried here; hence the empty grave."

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