Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. Central mihrab, Jami Masjid
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the central mihrab (prayer niche) of the Jami Masjid at Thatta in the Karachi District of Sind, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896. Cousens wrote in The Antiquities of Sind, "...the great feature of the mosque is its coloured tile work within, the whole of the interior being covered with it...the work...is in a fairly good state of preservation...the lining of the main dome...owing to the colours used and the mosaic of the design has the appearance of a starry vault...In plate LX [this image] is seen the peculiar honeycomb vaulting in the mihrab, which rather gives it the appearance of a section through a jelly mould...The roof of the mosque is composed of no less than ninety-three domes, three of which are principal ones, much larger than the rest."