Hyderabad, Sind. Ghulam Shah's Tomb, view from north-east
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Ghulam Shah's Tomb at Hyderabad in Sind in Pakistan, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Western India 1894-96. The tomb of Ghulam Shah Kalhora (1757-1772) is the oldest of the Hyderabad tombs. This photograph is a general view of the tomb from the north-east, taken before the repair work. It is large square building standing on a square platform with one entrance on the east side. The entire building was once covered in glazed coloured tiles of geometric and floral deigns. Cousens wrote in 'The Antiquities of Sind' of 1929: " The tiles were carried upon a six inch veneer of brick and plaster which was added to the face of the walls as the latter rose from their foundations. As a result of the unequal settlement of the great massive walls, laden with the heavy dome, and this thin veneer, the latter had separated from the walls and has buckled outwards, thus springing the tiles which were attached to it, and causing them to fall away in great numbers".