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Mehter Mahal, Beejapore.

Mehter Mahal, Beejapore.

Photographer: Hinton, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 254/3(56)

Item number: 254356

Genre: Photograph

The Mehtar Mahal or ‘Sweeper’s Palace’(c.1620 ) was supposed to have been built by a sweeper to whom Ibrahim Adil Shah gave a huge sum of money on the advice of a soothsayer so that he could recover from leprosy. 'The Mihtar-i-Mahal at Bijapur, another work assigned to the period of Ibrahim II, consists of a small mosque entered through a multi-storeyed gateway. The latter is remarkable for the projecting balconies of arched openings supported on carved angled struts. Slender finials with bulbous domes at the summits flank the exterior. The mosque of the Mihtar-i-Mahal also makes use of angled struts. Together with brackets these carry the eaves and the ornate cut-out parapet above. Unusually slender minarets flank the facade of Nau Gumbad, the only mosque to combine multiple domes and pyramidal vaults.

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