Rear view of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque from the south-east, during restoration, Ahmadabad
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the rear of Muhafiz Khan's Mosque from the south-east, at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by order of Major Cole, by an Army sergeant in about 1881, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This small mosque was built in 1465 by Jamail-ud-Din Muhafiz Khan, who was a nobleman at the court of Sultan Mahmud Begarha (r.1458-1511) and appointed chief magistrate of Ahmadabad in 1471. The facade is pierced by three arched entrances and minarets with floral carving are placed at either end. The arrangement of the minarets at the extreme ends of the building, similar to the Isanpur mosque, was a new architectural style in Ahmadabad in the 15th century. This photograph was taken when the mosque was being restored in 1881; the nearer minaret is covered in scaffolding. The building was repaired by the Public Works Department under Major Cole's direction.