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Close view of columns in Hindu style in the south-west corner of the Tanka Masjid, Dholka, Gujarat

Close view of columns in Hindu style in the south-west corner of the Tanka Masjid, Dholka, Gujarat

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/18(1872)

Item number: 1872

Length: 21.3

Width: 26.85

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of columns in the Hindu style in the south-west corner of the Tanka Masjid at Dholka in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. The Tanka Masjid was originally intended to be used as the Jami masjid or Friday mosque and was built c. 1361 by Mufakhr Mufarrah. The interior dimensions measure approximately 160 by 69 feet including two courtyards. Along the back wall, there are three mihrabs or prayer niches which recede almost four feet and supported by semi-circular buttresses. The corridors, along three sides of the mosque were constructed from pillars from a Hindu temple. At the north end of the building, there is an 18 feet square enclosure, with perforated screen work, which would have been a separate prayer room for women. Several of the decorative elements in the mosque have Hindu work including the north doorway with figure sculptures and the parapet of the south porch.

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