Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. Mirza Jani Beg's Tomb, outer entrance
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the doorway to Mirza Jani Beg'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. This image shows the tracery work on the door surrounds of the tomb's outer entrance. 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 tomb is octagonal in plan and built of brick. 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. On the west side there is a carved stone mihrab. The interior of the building is decorated with enamelled tiles.