General view of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque, Ahmadabad
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque, from the north-east, at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This small mosque was built in 1465 by Jamail-ud-Din Muhafiz Khan, who was a nobleman at the court of Sultan Mahmud Begarha (r.1458-1511) and appointed chief magistrate of Ahmadabad in 1471. The facade is pierced by three arched entrances and minarets with floral carving are placed at either end. The arrangement of the minarets at the extreme ends of the building, similar to the Isanpur mosque, was a new architectural style in Ahmadabad in the 15th century. This photograph was probably taken shortly after the completion of restoration work in 1881. The metal crescents on the finials of the minarets, placed there by Cole during his restoration and condemned by Burgess as an anachronism, can be clearly seen in this print.