General view of the Lattan Masjid (Painted Mosque) from the south-east, Gaur.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
This is one of a series of photographs taken by Joseph Beglar as part of the Archaeological Survey of India. The 'Lattan' or Painted mosque in the former sultanate capital of Gaur was constructed in the late 15th century. It is so named as both the interior and exterior walls were originally covered in brightly coloured glazed tiles of which a few traces remain. The mosque comprises a square domed chamber, with three prayer niches indicating the direction of prayer, and a verandah to its eastern side roofed with two domes and a single curved 'char chala' vault of local design, here seen in the foreground of the picture.