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Mausoleum [in Junagadh] 2614

Mausoleum [in Junagadh] 2614

Photographer: Nelson, F.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 2/6(14)

Item number: 2614

Length: 21.8

Width: 30

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Maija Najubie Sahiba's Tomb at Junagadh, Gujarat, taken by the travelling commercial photographer F. Nelson in the 1890s from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Photographs of Junagadh'. From the early 18th century onward Junagadh was ruled by the Muslim Babi dynasty, established in c.1735 by Sher Khan Babi. Their tombs, known as maqbaras, are situated in enclosures within the city walls in two groups dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. They are some of the most extraordinary and fantastical buildings in Gujarat. The mausoleum in this view was probably for the mother of one of the rulers of Junagadh, Nawab Mahabat Khanji II (r. 1851-1882) and contains her tomb. It is a free-standing structure with a square plan inside a walled enclosure. The inner tomb is surrounded by a colonnade of delicately-carved cusped arches crowned by a cornice, clusters of onion domes and small minarets. It is covered with a profusion of delicate carved ornamentation.

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