Agra. Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb. Detail of marble screen enclosing the upper chamber, from the west
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the marble screen enclosing the upper chamber of Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb at Agra in Uttar Pradesh, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893-4, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This view shows a detail of the jali-work marble screen from the west. The mausoleum was built c.1625 by Noor Jehan, the favorite wife of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir (r.1605-27) in memory of her father Ghayas-ud-din (Itimad-ud-Daulah), and contains both his and his wife's grave. The Mausoleum, a white marble rectangular building, stands in a garden on a stone platform situated on the banks of the river Jumna. The delicately carved marble screens let in light and air, and these, together with the inlaid pietra dura work on the walls and floors, make this a most beautiful building.