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General view of Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, Agra.

General view of Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, Agra.

Photographer: Caney, W.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(505)

Item number: 1003505

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, Agra from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by W.Caney in the 1880s. It was built in c.1626 for Mirza Ghiyas Beg, a Persian who had obtained service as Lord High Treasurer in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605). On Jahangir's succession in 1605 he was made Wazir or Chief Minister with the title of Itimad-ud-Daulah or 'Pillar of State'. Jahangir fell in love with his daughter Noor Jahan (Light of the World) and eventually married her. Noor Jahan conceived this tomb for her father and it set a precedent as the first Mughal building to be faced with white inlaid marble and contrasting stones. It is set in a square walled garden with ponds and cascades. The building is low and square in plan and has octagonal minarets at the corners which are topped by domed chattris (pavilions). The tomb is renowned for the delicacy and beauty of its decoration, the inlaid stones include yellow porphyry, agate, jasper and black marble. View looking along the garden towards the tomb.

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