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Close view of the wall of the Ibrahim Rauza Tomb, showing details of carved work, Bijapur

Close view of the wall of the Ibrahim Rauza Tomb, showing details of carved work, Bijapur

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1828)

Item number: 10031828

Length: 238

Width: 281

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Ibrahim Rauza tomb in Bijapur, Karnataka, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken in the 1880s by Henry Cousens. The Ibrahim Rauza (1627) is the mausoleum complex where Ibrahim Adil Shah II (r.1580-1627) is buried with his queen, Taj Sultana. Exceptionally conceived and finely decorated, it is one of the supreme achievements of the Adil Shahis rulers. Designed by a Persian architect, Malik Sandal, the tomb and a mosque are set in a walled garden facing each other over an ornamental pond. Graceful minarets mark the corners of each building, surmounted by a dome rising from a lotus petal base. The tomb is supposed to have been an inspiration for the Taj Mahal at Agra. The walls of the tomb are embellished with beautiful calligraphic and geometric designs.

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