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Tombs at Golconda.

Tombs at Golconda.

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 430/6(35)

Item number: 35

Length: 12.9

Width: 20.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Muhammad Qutb Shah's tomb, Golconda, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892'. Golconda was capital of the Qutb Shah dynasty, founded in 1512 by Quli Shah. Nearly all the members of the dynasty were buried in the complex of royal tombs at Golconda. Each of the tombs in this dynastic necropolis are built in the same tradition as those in Bidar. All the tombs have a square base surmounted by an onion shaped domed and surrounding by an arcade, with rich ornamental details. The tomb of Muhammad Qutb Shah (r.1612-1626) contains the remains of Chand Bibi, daughter of Ibrahim Adil Shah of Bijapur, and other descendants of the royal house.

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