North minaret of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque, during restoration, Ahmadabad
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the north minaret of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by order of Major Cole, by an Army sergeant 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. This photograph was taken when the mosque was being restored in 1881 by the Public Works Department under Major Cole's direction.