Hala, Sindh. Tomb of Hala, general view
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Tomb of Makhdum Saheb at Hala in Sindh, Pakistan, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Western India 1894-96. Khudabad, near Hala was the capital of the Talpurs before Fath Ali Khan moved his head-quarters to Hyderabad. Cousens wrote in 'The Antiquities of Sind' of 1929, "There are two Halas, the old and the new. Old Hala, which is between New Hala and the Indus, ans about 30 miles to the north of Haidarabad, consists of the ruins of the original town, the new one having been built about 1800 by one Makhdum Mir Muhammad in consequence of Old Hala, at that time, being threatened by the encroachments of the river Indus. There is in New Hala the shrine or tomb of Makhdum Nuh, built by Pir Makhdum Muhammad Zaman in A.D. 1790, of brick and coloured tiles (Plate XCVIII) [this image]. It is said that his remains were twice disinterred owing to the encroachments of the river, his last resting place being New Hala where he was laid about 1779...New Hala is the principal home of the glazed and coloured tile industry of Sind..."