Mausoleum [of Bahadur Khan in the Makbara, Junagadh]
Photographer: Nelson, F.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Bahadur Khan’s Tomb at Junagadh in Gujarat, taken by the travelling commercial photographer F. Nelson in the 1890s from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Photographs of Junagadh'. The Princely State of Junagadh was founded in 1735 by Muhammed Sher Khan Babi (r.1748-1758) and was ruled by the Muslim Babi dynasty. 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. This is a view of one of the tombs, belonging either to Bahadur Khanji II (r.1811-1840) or to Bahadur Khanji III (r.1882-1892). The building has cusped arches below a cornice crowned with clusters of onion domes and small minarets, and is covered with a profusion of carved ornamentation.