Mausoleum [of Hamid Khan in the Makbara, Junagadh]
Photographer: Nelson, F.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Hamid 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'. From the early 18th century 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 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. The caption of the photograph identifies the mausoleum in this view as that of the Nawab Hamid Khan II (r.1840-1851).