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The Entrance [to Akbar's tomb, Sikandra]

The Entrance [to Akbar's tomb, Sikandra]

Photographer: Murray, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 101/(18)

Item number: 10118

Genre: Photograph

Photograph showing the entrance to the mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Akbar in Sikandra from the Murray Collection: 'Photographic views in Agra and its vicinity', taken by John Murray in the mid-1850s. Dated inscriptions show that the tomb was completed by Akbar's son Jahangir (r.1605-27) in 1614. It is set in a vast square garden of the char-bagh (four-plot) plan, divided into quarters by red sandstone causeways containing water channels, interspersed with fountains and ponds. The main entrance is on the south and ornamental false gateways on the other three sides lend symmetry. The monumental main gateway, of a hybrid style of Persian and Hindu elements, is of red sandstone with inlaid and mosaic patterns of floral and geometric shapes. It has four white marble minarets divided into three storeys by balconies and topped with domed pavilions. The north and south faces of the gate have recessed arches within the rectangular frame and inscription bands around the entrance.

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