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[Unfinished twelve-pillared tomb adjacent to Mirza Jani Beg's tomb], Tatta

[Unfinished twelve-pillared tomb adjacent to Mirza Jani Beg's tomb], Tatta

Photographer: Houghton, William Robert (1826-1897)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 171/(4)

Item number: 1714

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an unfinished twelve-pillared tomb adjacent to Mirza Jani Beg’s tomb at Tatta in Sindh, taken by Capt. William Robert Houghton in 1858. This image is part of an album documenting notable tombs at the necropolis, which Houghton photographed at the request of the Government of Bombay.

The unfinished tomb in this view is a square domed structure on a platform and is designed in the tradition of Islamic funerary architecture. It 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. Jani Beg was the last independent ruler of the Tarkhan Dynasty before the state’s annexation by the Mughals in 1591.

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