Ahmedabad. Ranee Seepri Ka Musjid [sic for Sidi Sayyid''s Mosque]. Carved stone window
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Macnabb Collection of a carved stone window in Sidi Sayyid’s Mosque at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, India, taken by Bourne & Shepherd during the 1870s. Ahmadabad is the principal city of Gujarat in western India. The Sidi Sayyid Mosque dates to the 16th century and stands within the old walled city. The architecture of the city includes interesting examples of a provincial style which flourished in Gujarat from the mid-15th century; elaborate stone and wood carving being an important aspect of this style. This photograph is a view of one of two windows decorated with a sinuous ‘palm and parasite’ motif, some of the finest examples of carved stone tracery in India. The mosque is famous for its ten semi-circular windows (3 m wide and 2 m high) which are carved with exquisite stone tracery in the form of stylized geometric patterns, flowers, leaves, trees and branches.