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Tomb and Mosque of Shah Nawaz Khan, Bijapur.

Tomb and Mosque of Shah Nawaz Khan, Bijapur.

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1870)

Item number: 10031870

Length: 233

Width: 284

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the tomb and mosque of Shah Nawaz Khan, Bijapur from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s.

Shah Nawaz Khan was part of the Adil Shahi nobility and died in 1647. His tomb is a small open structure. The central chamber is surrounded by arcaded bays and has an intermediate storey to elevate the dome.

The tomb and mosque were described by Henry Cousens, '… On the west of the tomb is the mosque, with a tank between them. The very stilted look of the upper walls of the central chamber, and the dome above, is not altogether pleasant, and there is a lack of good proportion between the different parts of the general design. Taken altogether it shows signs of a general decadence in monumental building, which set in in Bijapur with the interference of the Mughal emperors in the affairs of the state…' Bijapur and its architectural remains (A.S.I., Imperial series, vol. XXXVII, Bombay, 1916), p. 111

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