Close view of sculptured panelling on the rear façade of the Darsbari Mosque, Gaur.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph was taken by Joseph Beglar in the 1870s for the Archaeological Survey of India. It shows the late fifteenth century Darasbari mosque in Gaur in modern-day Bangladesh. The building is also known as the mosque of the 'madrasa' or teaching hall that was once apparently attached to the building. The mosque is now ruined but a number of ornamental designs executed in terracotta remain in their original mountings, one of which is shown in this photograph. In plan it comprises a covered rectangular sanctuary of three aisles and seven bays roofed with domes, many of which have now fallen in. The central bay differs in that it is enclosed with a local variety of roof design called 'char chala' vaults. The prayer hall is preceded by a veranda and there are engaged polygonal towers at each of the four corners. Gaur was the capital of the independent sultanate of Gaur from the mid-fifteenth century. Its boundaries straddle the modern-day border between Bangladesh and the state of West Bengal in India.