Mahammed Ghaus Tomb, [Gwalior]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the tomb of Muhammad Ghaus at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer around 1882, part of the Gladstone Collection. Muhammad Ghaus Shattari (d.1563) was a celebrated Muslim saint of Afghan origin, favoured by Babur. His tomb, dating from c.1565, is the most famous Muslim monument in Gwalior, renowned for its beautiful perforated stone screens (jalis) which form an exterior wall around the verandah surrounding the tomb’s central chamber. The tomb is a square stone building with a large central dome which was originally covered in brilliant blue tiles, and hexagonal corner towers crowned by chhatris (pavilions). It is a fine example of early Mughal architecture with a local flavour.