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Interior of Zafar Khan Ghazi's Tomb, Tribeni, Hugli District

Interior of Zafar Khan Ghazi's Tomb, Tribeni, Hugli District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(90)

Item number: 100390

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of Zafar Khan Ghazi's tomb at Tribeni in West Bengal, taken by Joseph David Beglar in c. 1872-73. This image shows the ruined building overgrown with trees. The tomb was the site of weekly pilgrimage and an annual fair. Beglar wrote in his report for the Archaeological Survey of India (1872-73) that the tomb had been built using material taken from Hindu temples, "the temple...must have been of the style of the beautiful and profusely sculptured temples at Janjgir, which are ornamented internally throughout with scenes from the Ramayana and others." The List of Ancient Monuments in Bengal (1896) says of this building, "This structure is universally reported to contain the shrine of Zafar Khan Ghazi...The building is oblong, containing two nearly square chambers, each about 30 feet in length and breadth...There is no doubt that many of the materials are of hindu workmanship, as numerous stones, especially those which form the lintels and doorposts, are covered with carvings representing living creatures." Zafar Khan was a military adventurer who played an important role in annexing Bengal after the establishment of Muslim power in northern India in 1192. The tomb is the earliest example in existence in eastern India.

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