Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. Mirza Jani Beg's Tomb, general view
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Mirza Jani Beg'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. The mausoleum of Mirza Jani Beg (d.1601), was ruler of Sind until he surrendered to the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) in 1591. This brick tomb is octagonal in plan and stands on a platform. It has a dome and deeply recessed arches on each face. Above the doorways are panels with Arabic inscriptions in white enamel against blue tiles. The exterior is embellished with alternate courses of glazed dark-blue and unglazed red bricks as well as carved geometric tracery. The interior of the building is decorated with enamelled tiles. On the west side there is a carved stone mihrab.