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Stairway entrance, Jamma Masjid, Adoni, Bellary District

Stairway entrance, Jamma Masjid, Adoni, Bellary District

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/3(303)

Item number: 303

Length: 24.2

Width: 19.75

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the stairway entrance of the Jama Masjid at Adoni, in Andhra Pradesh, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Madras, 1895-96. This view looks along arcade towards the doorway of the Jama Masjid. The Mosque was built by Masud Khan, governor of Sikandar Adil Shah of Bijapur, who retired at Adoni in 1683. The complex is entered through a large gate incorporating narrow minarets. The dome rises on a petalled neck.

The Annual Progress Report of the Archaeological Survey Department of the Southern Circle, for the year 1896 states, "The Jamma Masjid stands in the town. It is a large and important building containing some fine blackstone carving and many paintings in the interior. The latter are in geometrical and floral deigns with pictorial scenes from the Koran. They are highly executed in a style met with many Muhammadan buildings in the north of India, but more seldom in the south."

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