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Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. Mirza Jani Beg's Tomb, sculptured mihrab

Tatta, Karachi District, Sindh. Mirza Jani Beg's Tomb, sculptured mihrab

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1009/4(1490)

Item number: 1490

Length: 28.8

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the sculptured mihrab (prayer niche) in Mirza Jani Beg's Tomb at Thatta in the Karachi District of Sind in Pakistan, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896. This image shows a close view of the mihrab with its carved decorations. Cousens wrote in The Antiquities of Sind, "the rank or mausoleum of Mirza Jani Beg bin Paindah Beg...is faced with a very superior kind of brickwork, with imitation joints, or "pointing" of sunk strips of white enamel along the edges of each brick. The real joints are so fine, and the courses are so closely cemented together, that a knife blade can hardly be inserted between the bricks. They are laid in alternate courses of red unglazed, and dark blue glazed bricks. Around the basement was a deep dado of enamelled tiles, but these have disappeared...The mausoleum, which is octagonal in plan, with twenty-five feet faces, has been surrounded with a wall which is now ruined, in which, upon the western side, is the usual carved stone mihrab, with an inscription above it, but it is very much damaged... Mirza Jani Beg was one of the more important rulers of lower Sind, and died in A.H. 1008 (A.D. 1599)."

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