Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. Isa Khan's Tomb, from inside entrance gateway.
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, 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, aged 92 years old, 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. This image is a close view of the wall of the enclosure with an arched doorway, covered with surface tracery. At the right a section of the decorative brickwork can be seen to be springing away from the rubble wall behind.