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Upper part of the Mausoleum of Akbar, Secundra. .

Upper part of the Mausoleum of Akbar, Secundra. .

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(31)

Item number: 97131

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey, of the upper portion of the mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Akbar (ruled 1556-1605) at Sikandra near Agra. The tomb, completed by Jahangir, Akbar's son and successor in about 1614, is of an unusual design of five receding storeys topped by a variety of chattris (domed pavilions). In the description given by James Fergusson accompanying the photograph: 'The view is taken from the lowest terrace, and shows the decoration in detail. The upper storey of marble has its windows perforated, and a colonnade cloister runs round the interior. In the centre is the tombstone, an unique specimen of arabesque tracery. The remains of the Emperor are, however, deposited in a vaulted chamber in the basement, exactly underneath.'

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