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Agra. Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb. Detail of mosaic dado upon the sides of the entrance, from the east

Agra. Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb. Detail of mosaic dado upon the sides of the entrance, from the east

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1007/2(623)

Item number: 623

Length: 24.7

Width: 19.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph 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 mosaic dado upon the sides of the entrance to the tomb on the ground floor, 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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