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Joomma Musjid, Beejapore.

Joomma Musjid, Beejapore.

Photographer: Hinton, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 254/3(47)

Item number: 254347

Genre: Photograph

A photograph of the Jami Masjid, Bijapur from the 'Vibart Collection of Views in South India' taken by Henry Hinten about 1860. 'The Jami mosque at Bijapur begun by Ali I in 1576 was never finished. Corner buttresing indicates where tall minarets would have risen. The facade of the prayer hall presents nine arches, but only the central arch has a lobed profile and medallion-on-bracket motifs in the spandrels. Overhanging eaves are carried on sculpted brackets bu the parapet was never started. The hemispehrical dome rising on a cubic clerestory is relieved by arcades and a pierced parapet interrupted by delicate fnials with domical tops. The interior is impressive for its noble simplicity. Its thirty-six bays are roofed with shallow domes on pendentives, the nine central bays covered with a single dome. Eight intersecting arches with intermediate faceted pendentives create an octagonal space over which the dome appears to float, a structural device of considerable ingenuity'.

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