Close view showing details of carving of the unfinished tomb of the late Nawab, Pathari, Bhopal
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph showing details of carving on the tomb of the late Nawab of Bhopal at Pathari, Bhopal state in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Henry Cousens c.1892-94. At Pathari there are Buddhist, Jain, Hindu and Muslim shrines. In more recent years, the town appears to have housed a large Muslim population which can be assessed from the immense quantities of ruined Islamic style houses. A number of mosques also still stand at Pathari, one of which was built by Aurangzeb. The structure in this image is clearly Islamic and constructed relatively recently. The rulers of Bhopal gave themselves the name 'Nawab' after the decline of the Mughal empire and this tomb would have been used to bury a Nawab. This photograph shows some of the carved detail on the unfinished building.