General view of Rani Sipri's Mosque, Ahmadabad 1751
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Rani Sipri's Mosque, at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This elegant mosque, built in 1514, is also known as Masjid-i-Nagira or Jewel of a Mosque. It is a small structure with two bays, an open facade and a crenellated balustrade over the cornice. Stone tracery covers the minarets and projecting windows. James Burgess quotes Mr Fergusson in the Archaeological Survey of India, Vol VII: "'Notwithstanding the smallness of its dimensions...it may be considered the gem of Ahmadabad, and in its class, as one of the most exquisite buildings in the world.'" This is a view of the main façade of the mosque from the south-east.