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Muhafiz Khan's Mosque, under repair, Ahmadabad

Muhafiz Khan's Mosque, under repair, Ahmadabad

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1881

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/16(1718)

Item number: 1718

Length: 25.8

Width: 20.95

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the fa├žade of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in about 1881, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This small mosque was built in 1465 by Jamail-ud-Din Muhafiz Khan, who was a nobleman at the court of Sultan Mahmud Begarha (r.1458-1511) and appointed chief magistrate of Ahmadabad in 1471. The facade is pierced by three arched entrances and minarets with floral carving are placed at either end. The arrangement of the minarets at the extreme ends of the building, similar to the Isanpur mosque, was a new architectural style in Ahmadabad in the 15th century. Key decorative features in Muhafiz Khan's Mosque include perforated windows, carved marble rosettes in the back wall, and a carved marble mimbar, or pulpit. This photograph was taken when the mosque was being restored in 1881; the minaret on the left is covered in scaffolding. The building was repaired by the Public Works Department under Major Cole's direction.

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