General view from the north-east of the Stone-Cutters' Mosque, Fatehpur Sikri
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Stonecutters Mosque, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) between 1571 and 1585. Akbar founded the city near the refuge of Shaikh Salim Chisti after the saint predicted the birth of Abkar's son and heir, Prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir. This is a view looking across the courtyard of the Stonecutters Mosque, towards the arched screen. This mosque was built by quarrymen in 1565 for the use of Shaikh Salim Chisti. It is situated to the west of the Jami Masjid and to the south of the saint's cell which was incorporated into the mosque after his death. The serpentine brackets, supporting the eaves in between the arches, were prototypes for those in the saint's white marble tomb situated in the courtyard of the Jami Masjid.