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General view of the back of the Darsbari [Darasbari] Mosque, Gaur.

General view of the back of the Darsbari [Darasbari] Mosque, Gaur.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(97)

Item number: 100397

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken by Joseph Beglar in the 1870s for the Archaeological Survey of India. It shows the late fifteenth century Darasbari mosque in Gaur in modern-day Bangladesh. The building is also known as the mosque of the 'madrasa' or teaching hall that was once apparently attached to the building. The mosque is now ruined but still displays a great many ornamental designs executed in terracotta. In plan it comprises a covered rectangular sanctuary of three aisles and seven bays roofed with domes. The central bay differs in that it is roofed with local 'char chala' vaults. The prayer hall is preceded by a verandah and there are engaged polygonal towers at each of the four corners. Gaur was the capital of the independent sultanate of Gaur from the mid-fifteenth century. Its boundaries straddle the modern-day border between Bangladesh and the state of West Bengal in India.

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