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Hyberabad, Sindh. Talpur Tomb, interior of

Hyberabad, Sindh. Talpur Tomb, interior of

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1009/3(1448)

Item number: 1448

Length: 18.9

Width: 24.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of a Talpur Tomb at Hyderabad in Sind, Pakistan, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896. The town and fort at Hyderabad was founded in 1768 by Ghulam Shah of the Kalhorah dynasty. Most of the tombs at Hyderabad belong to the Kalhorah and Talpur dynasties. This interior view contains the graves of five Talpur chiefs with their state turbans placed on a projection at the end of each grave. Cousens wrote in the Progress Report of the Archaeological Survey of Western India, 1895 to 1896, "The two groups of Talpur Tombs, further south again, being kept in repair, and being of very late construction - forty to a hundred years - are in first rate condition. Among the Mirs of Sind buried here are Karam Ali, Murad Ali, Nur Muhammad, Nasir Khan, Shahadad Khan, and Ghulam Shah, beside many of their ladies. The buildings are covered with coloured glazed tiles combined to form very pretty designs. The construction appears to be better than in the Kalhora tombs, the tiles not having started from their positions by unequal settlement. A little damage has been caused in some places by pigeons working holes in the masonry for their nests."

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