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East view of the Bera Mosque, Gaur.

East view of the Bera Mosque, Gaur.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(94)

Item number: 100394

Genre: Photograph

This is one of a series of photographs taken by Joseph Beglar as part of the Archaeological Survey of India. The view looks towards buildings, however they are entirely overgrown with vegetation. An accompanying note in Bloch's list reads, 'no such building is known to me. Both plates are discoloured, and show merely parts of a jungle.' The independent sultanate of Bengal had its capital at Gaur on the Bangladeshi-Indian border from the mid-fifteenth century. No mosque with this name survives today. It is possible that it shows an overgrown view of the Bara Sona mosque built in 1526.

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