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Tomb of Rabia Durrani, at Aurangabad.

Tomb of Rabia Durrani, at Aurangabad.

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 430/6(50)

Item number: 50

Length: 20

Width: 26.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, or Queen's Tomb, in Aurangabad, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892'. This tomb, built in 1678, is the most well known building in the city. It was built by Prince Azam Shah in memory of Rabia Durani, wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (r.1658-1707). It was designed by the architect Ata Aula as an imitation on a reduced scale of the Taj Mahal at Agra. However, although it is an impressive building with fine surface ornament, it is inferior to its model in every respect. The mausoleum is situated in the centre of a walled enclosure with a garden surrounded by a crenellated wall with bastions. It is a square building covered by a huge marble dome with four corner minarets.

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