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[General view of tombs at Tatta.]

[General view of tombs at Tatta.]

Photographer: Houghton, William Robert (1826-1897)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 171/(5)

Item number: 1715

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a general view of tombs 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 mausoleums shown in this view are domed square or octagonal structures in the tradition of Islamic funerary architecture and stand in the midst of an arid landscape. They are 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, tombs, and mausoleums, including those of the rulers, saints, poets and philosophers of Sindh.

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