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Front view of the unfinished tomb of the late Nawab, Pathari, Bhopal

Front view of the unfinished tomb of the late Nawab, Pathari, Bhopal

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1334)

Item number: 10031334

Length: 23.5

Width: 28.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the tomb of the late Nawab of Bhopal at Pathari, Bhopal state in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Henry Cousens c.1892-94. At Pathari there are the remains of Buddhist, Jain, Hindu and Muslim shrines. In more recent years, the town appears to have housed a large Muslim population which can be assessed from the immense quantities of ruined Islamic style houses. A number of mosques also still stand at Pathari, one of which was built by Aurangzeb. The structure in this image is clearly Islamic and constructed relatively recently. The rulers of Bhopal gave themselves the name 'Nawab' after the decline of the Mughal empire and this tomb would have been used to bury a Nawab of Bhopal. This photograph gives a view from the front of the tomb showing some of the carved detail on the building.

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