Old copper utensils from Bijapur
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of old copper utensils, coffee pots, etc., from Bijapur, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Bijapur was ruled by the Adil Shahi dynasty from the late 15th to the late 17th centuries and it was their capital. The dynasty was founded by the Persian governor of Bijapur, Yusuf Adil Shah, who declared his independence from the declining Bahmani kingdom of the Deccan. Rulers of the dynasty such as Ibrahim Adil Shah II (r.1580-1627) were great patrons of art and architecture. With Mughal rule expanding to the Deccan, Bijapur was no longer able to evade confrontation with the Mughals and fell to Aurangzeb, after which its importance faded.