Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. Isa Khan's Tomb, from inside corridor
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Isa Khan's Tomb at Thatta in the Karachi District of Sind in Pakistan, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Western India 1894-96. Nawab Isa Khan Tarkhan (d.1644) was a ruler of Sind who served as governor for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (r.1628-58). The Nawab died in 1644 and was buried in this tomb that he had built himself. The tomb is part of a necropolis which lies on the plateau of the Makli hills, a limestone outcrop to the west of Thatta. It is the most imposing structure on the hill and is designed in the tradition of Islamic funerary architecture. This elaborate tomb is built of buff-coloured Jandoti stone and stands in a courtyard surrounded by a high stone wall. The tomb is square in plan with two storeys and large central dome. It is surrounded on all four sides with an open verandah on both storeys. The walls and columns are covered with surface tracery in shallow relief. This view looks along a line of columns with four-sided shafts covered in a multiple scroll design. Cousens noted the crudely done repointing work may be seen at the tops of columns and on the ceiling of the corridor ('The Antiquities of Sind', 1929, p.118).