Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. Isa Khan's Zanana Tomb in front of Isa Khan's Tomb, outside of mihrab
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Isa Khan's Zanana Tomb, in front of Mirza 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. Isa Khan Tarkhan (d.1644) was a ruler of Sind who served as governor for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (r.1628-58). Isa Khan built his tomb during his lifetime. To the east of his tomb is the enclosure of the tomb of the ladies of the zenana. The surface of this tomb is covered in delicate carving, particularly the mihrab on the west wall. This is an image of a section of the outside wall of the mihrab (prayer niche) showing the finely carved tracery work.