North-east view of Rani Sipri's Mosque, Ahmadabad
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph taken in 1868 or 1869, by Edmund David Lyon, of Rani Sipri's mosque in the city of Ahmadabad in Gujarat. This image shows a front view of the small mosque which is 54 ft in length, including the minarets, 20 ft in breadth and with minarets 50ft high. Mr Ferguson after stating that the minarets of the mosques of Ahmedabad are the only ones which surpass those of Cairo, goes on to say that that of Ranee Seepree is the most exquisite gem of all both in plan and detail, every part being such as only a Hindu Queen could order and Hindu artists execute. The small mosque, also known as the Masjid-e-Nagira or Jewel of a Mosque, was built in 1514 and is so named because of its intricately carved decoration, jali screens with flowing plant and tree forms and the generally elegant design of the building.