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Mahomedan tomb standing on twelve Hindu columns, at Irich, Jhansi District

Mahomedan tomb standing on twelve Hindu columns, at Irich, Jhansi District

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(801)

Item number: 1003801

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an unidentified tomb at Irich in the Jhansi District, Uttar Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer sometime in the 1880s or 90s. This building is mentioned in Joseph David Beglar's Report of a tour in Bundelkhand and Malwa, 1871-72; and in the Central Provinces, 1873-74, 'There are also other tombs, of which two, supported on twelve Hindu pillars each, form prominent objects in approaching the city. (Archaeological Survey of India, vol. VII, Calcutta, 1878) The tomb is constructed using spolia from a Hindu temple combined with purpose-built elements. The lower portion of the tomb comprises twelve pillars supporting a series of square lintels. These lintels in turn support a four-sided figure above, decorated in relief plasterwork, on top of which sits a plastered ribbed dome that provides shelter for those visiting the cenotaph below.

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