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Indus at Sukhur.

Indus at Sukhur.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 940/1(44)

Item number: 44

Length: 20.8

Width: 28.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph with a view across the Indus from Sukkur in the Sindh province now in Pakistan, with the Sathbahin monument at Rohri across the water in the middleground, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. Both Sukkur and its 'twin' Rohri on the opposite bank are ancient towns of the Lower Indus Valley. Rohri is said to have been a flourishing settlement in neolithic times, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in South Asia. It is also a sacred site for Muslims with a 16th century shrine enclosing a hair relic of the Prophet. The Sathbahin were seven virgins who secluded themselves to avoid looking at men. The Sathbahin Jo Maskan is a shrine which memorialises their legend, it stands on a brick plinth with blue-tiled minarets at the corners. A number of sandstone tombs stand on the plinth, and the whole complex affords fine views across the Indus. This photograph is from an album of 91 prints apparently compiled by P. J. Corbett, a PWD engineer involved in irrigation work at the famine relief camp at Shetpal Tank in 1897, and in canal construction in Sindh in the early 1900s.

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