General view of the Chamkatti Mosque, Gaur.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph was taken in the 1870s by Joseph Beglar for the Archaeological Survey of India. It shows the Chamkatti mosque in a ruinous and overgrown condition. The mosque was built in the Bengali sultanate capital of Gaur on today's Bangladeshi India border. It dates to the late fifteenth to early sixteenth century. The mosque comprises a single-domed square sanctuary with attached vaulted verandah. As is typical of Bengali sultanate architecture the mosque is built of brick. Its surfaces are decorated with relief terracotta and coloured tilework in floral and arabesque motifs. The mosque has since undergone conservation work.