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Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. A twelve-pillared tomb beside Mirza Jani Beg's: Mirza Tugral Beg's

Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. A twelve-pillared tomb beside Mirza Jani Beg's: Mirza Tugral Beg's

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1009/3(1478)

Item number: 1478

Length: 20.2

Width: 28.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the twelve-pillared tomb of Mirza Tugral Beg at Thatta in the Karachi District of Sind in Pakistan, taken in 1896 by Henry Cousens, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Western India 1894-96. The tomb of Tugral Beg was probably built soon after he died in 1686. Cousens wrote in 'The Antiquities of Sind' of 1929, "Next comes a small stone 12-pillared canopy, about 16 feet square, over the grave of Mirza Tugral Beg (Plate LV). [this image] Small boys have been in the habit of throwing stones at this tomb by way of showing their displeasure at the occupant, and a great heap of stones was recently removed from it...The pillars which support the dome are richly carved with surface tracery, and...honeycombed capitals...The pavilion stands upon a raised platform, upo the western side of which is the sculptured mihrab - a great cenrtal arch flanked by two smaller ones. At either end of this, rising above the battlementing, which runs all along the top, is a little pillar-like minar which makes the whole erection look very like the ordinary idgah one sees so often on the outskirts of villages and towns".

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