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North-east corner of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque, showing sculptural detail at base of minaret, and side arch, Ahmadabad 1720

North-east corner of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque, showing sculptural detail at base of minaret, and side arch, Ahmadabad 1720

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/16(1720)

Item number: 1720

Length: 26.3

Width: 21.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque, at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, 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. This view shows a detail of the base of the minaret on the north side of the facade.

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