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Unidentified tomb, near the Khairpur Masjid, Delhi [sic. Tomb of Jamali Kanali]

Unidentified tomb, near the Khairpur Masjid, Delhi [sic. Tomb of Jamali Kanali]

Photographer: Caney, W.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(913)

Item number: 1003913

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the 'Jamali Kanali' tomb in Delhi from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by W. Caney in the 1870s. This is a close view of the rectangular tomb, which Dr. T. Bloch refers to in his ‘List of The Photographic Negatives of Indian Antiquities in the Collection of the Indian Museum’ (Calcutta, 1990) as being located near the Khairpur Masjid, otherwise known as the Jamali Kanali mosque. This building is the tomb of the poet and saint Shaikh Fazl-ullah, otherwise known as Jamali, and his brother Kanali. It dates to 1535 and is noteable for its colourfully painted stucco ceiling in which elaborate arabesques and floral motifs are juxtaposed with inscriptions including verses written by the poet himself. The exterior walls are articulated with carved arched recessions of varying sizes and a band of coloured tilework above the sloping eaves around the parapet.

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