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Agra. Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb. Detail of square mosaic panels in the exterior dado on each side of the entrance, from the east

Agra. Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb. Detail of square mosaic panels in the exterior dado on each side of the entrance, from the east

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1007/2(620)

Item number: 620

Length: 24.4

Width: 20.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Itimad-ut-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 inlay work in the square mosaic panels of the exterior dado on each side of the entrance, from the east. 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.

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