Close view of sculptural detail in a niche of the minaret, Muhafiz Khan's Mosque, Ahmadabad 1721
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a niche on the minaret of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This small mosque was built in 1465 by Jamail-ud-Din Muhafiz Khan, who was a nobleman at the court of Sultan Mahmud Begarha (r.1458-1511) and appointed chief magistrate of Ahmadabad in 1471. The facade is pierced by three arched entrances and minarets with floral carving are placed at either end. The arrangement of the minarets at the extreme ends of the building, similar to the Isanpur mosque, was a new architectural style in Ahmadabad in the 15th century. This is a view of a carved niche, with a delicate floral design, on one of the minarets.