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Hyderabad, Sind. Ghulam Shah's Tomb, interior

Hyderabad, Sind. Ghulam Shah's Tomb, interior

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1009/3(1444)

Item number: 1444

Length: 19

Width: 24

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an interior view of Ghulam Shah's Tomb at Hyderabad in Sind in Pakistan, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896. 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 exterior of the tomb was once covered in glazed coloured tiles of geometric and floral designs. This image shows the tomb and fine carved marble work; the upper portion of the tomb is damaged. Cousens wrote in the Progress Report of the Archaeological Survey of Western India, (1895-1896), "The fall of the dome did very great damage to the white marble tomb and its perforated railing within. The latter was broken to pieces, while several of the beautifully sculptured panel slabs of the platform were displaced and broken. The interior of the building has been very elaborately painted and gilded, while a deep dado of coloured glazed tiles runs round the lower part of the walls..."

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