[Detail of a carved stone lattice at] Mahammed Ghaus Tomb, [Gwalior] 9422
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a carved stone lattice from the tomb of Muhammad Ghaus at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1882 and part of the Gladstone Collection. Muhammad Ghaus was a celebrated Muslim saint who died in 1563. His tomb dates from c.1565 and is a fine example of early Mughal architecture with a local flavour from the reign of Emperor Akbar (ruled 1556-1605). The tomb is a square stone building with a large central dome originally covered in brilliant blue tiles, and hexagonal corner towers crowned by chhatris (pavilions). The building is renowned for its perforated stone screens or jalis which form an exterior wall around the verandah surrounding the tomb’s central chamber. This is a view of one of the screens, showing the delicately-carved lacelike effect of the designs on the stone.