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General view of Humayun's Tomb, Delhi. 1003893

General view of Humayun's Tomb, Delhi. 1003893

Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(893)

Item number: 1003893

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Humayun's Tomb, Delhi from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cole in the 1880s. Built in 1565, the tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun (r.1530-40 & 1555-56), was commssioned by his wife Haji Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and is architecturally important because its plan and form were precursors to those of the Taj Mahal. The garden is based on the traditional persian char-bagh plan. The mausoleum built of red sandstone trimmed with marble sits on a high plinth and is crowned by imposing white marble dome.

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