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Hindu colonnade adapted by the Kotab Mosque, [Delhi].

Hindu colonnade adapted by the Kotab Mosque, [Delhi].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 807/2(32)

Item number: 807232

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the colonade from the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque from the 'Earl of Jersey Collection' was taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. The Qutub Minar complex was initiated by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the founder of the Slave Dynasty in Delhi (1206-90), to celebrate the onset of Islamic rule in India in 1192. The Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque contained within the complex is one of the earliest extant in India and is a fine example of Islamic architecture employing Islamic principles of accurate construction and geometric ornamentation, but utilising Indian building traditions. Masonry from 27 Hindu and Jain temples was salvaged for use in the construction of the mosque. This view shows the colonade constructed from the masonry from the Hindu and Jain temples.

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