[General view of the tombs], Tatta, 3 Sept
Photographer: Houghton, William Robert (1826-1897)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a general view of the 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.
This is a view from one of the mausoleum enclosures looking out over the plain towards several other mausoleums in a partially ruined state, originally domed square or octagonal structures in the tradition of Islamic funerary architecture. They stand in the midst of an arid landscape. The tombs 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.