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[Diwan Shurfa Khan's] Tomb at Tatta

[Diwan Shurfa Khan's] Tomb at Tatta

Photographer: Houghton, William Robert (1826-1897)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 171/(3)

Item number: 1713

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Diwan Shurfa Khan’s tomb at Tatta in Sindh, taken by Capt. William Robert Houghton in 1858. This image part of an album documenting notable tombs at the necropolis at Tatta, which Houghton photographed at the request of the Government of Bombay.

The Diwan was a minister in the state government during Mughal rule and died in c.1638. His mausoleum is a square brick structure in the tradition of Islamic funerary architecture. It has towers at the corners, a domed roof and stands in a walled enclosure. The tomb is part of a great necropolis, reputedly the largest in the world, which lies on the plateau of the Makli hills, a limestone outcrop to the west of Tatta. The necropolis contains over a million graves, including the mausoleums of Sindh’s rulers. The Diwan's tomb is decorated with glazed tiles in blue and turquoise, a feature of the most distinguished tombs dating from the late 16th century onward in the necropolis.

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