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Close view of carved stone door in the colonnade of the Rani Hajira or Tombs of the Queens, Ahmadabad

Close view of carved stone door in the colonnade of the Rani Hajira or Tombs of the Queens, Ahmadabad

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/7(38)

Item number: 212738

Genre: Photograph

This print was taken by Edmund Lyon in 1868 in Ahmadabad. He describes the photograph as follows: ''At each of the corners of the colonnade which surrounds the Quadrangle of the Ranee Hazeera enclosure are 4 stone doors, two of which are shown in these two Photographs. The carving is good but the appearance is very heavy, and lacks the relief which would have been obtained had the slabs been cut through as in the windows''. The carved pierced stone screen shown here is typical of sultanate architectural decoration in Gujarat. The tombs within are those of the queens of Ahmad Shah I, founder of Ahmadabad and the independent Sultanate of Gujarat at the beginning of the fifteenth century.

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