[Isa Khan's zenana tombs], Tatta
Photographer: Houghton, William Robert (1826-1897)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Isa Khan’s zenana 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 at Tatta, which Houghton photographed at the request of the Government of Bombay.
Nawab Isa Khan Tarkhan II (died c.1644) was a governor of Sindh, appointed by Emperor Jahanghir following the annexation of the state by the Mughals in 1591. This is a view of a carved stone enclosure which lies to the east of his mausoleum and is built in the same style. It is said to contain the graves of the zenana or women of his court. 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, including the mausoleums of Sindh’s rulers.