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General view of the tombs of Shaikh Salim Chishti and Islam Khan, Fatehpur Sikri

General view of the tombs of Shaikh Salim Chishti and Islam Khan, Fatehpur Sikri

Photographer: Caney, W.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(620)

Item number: 1003620

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the tombs of Shaikh Salim Chishti and Islam Khan in the Jami Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by W.Caney in 1885. The palace-city complex at Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605); the Jami Masjid was completed in 1572. Akbar built his city close to the saint Shaikh Salim Chisti's refuge, after the saint had successfully predicted the birth of the Emperor's heir, Prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir. The white marble tomb on the left of this view is that of Shaikh Salim Chisti, completed in 1580-1. The outer wall of the tomb is covered with intricate carved marble screens. The projecting eaves of the roof are supported by delicately carved serpentine brackets. On the left of this view is the tomb of Islam Khan, which contains a number of graves of the saint's male descendents. This tomb is surrounded by thirty-six small domed kiosks or chattris.

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