Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. An unfinished pillared tomb beside the last
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an unfinished pillared tomb near Mirza Jani Beg's Tomb 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. Cousens wrote in 'The Antiquities of Sind' of 1929, "Near the last [Mirza Jani Beg's Tomb], is a twelve-pillared pavilion covering a grave with a ruined brick mihrab beside it (Plate LVI) [this image]. The dome, which seems to have been left unfinished, has a peculiar zigzag pattern within it, a reproduction in stone of what is carried out in coloured tiles in the tomb of Jani Beg; and the pillars have the honeycomb capitals. The photograph shows the regular Hindu method of cutting off the corners of the square to form an octagon; thus the dome is really supported by the two central pillars in each of the four sides of the pavilion; and corbels in the angles, above the capitals, support the alternate sides of the 16-sided figure above the octagon. Cross-arching, from these sides, reduce, still further, the aperture to be closed in by the dome."