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Unidentified ruined Mahomedan tomb, Lahore. 1003957

Unidentified ruined Mahomedan tomb, Lahore. 1003957

Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(957)

Item number: 1003957

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the 1880s shows a partially ruined tomb outside the city of Lahore. The notes suggest that the attribution to Henry Cole as photographer is probably incorrect. The mausoleum is octagonal in plan with a recessed arch in each face. Its brick-built dome sits on a high circular neck. There is scaffolding around one of the piers of the arches. From what remains, there appears to originally have been a small domed kiosk at each of the eight corners surrounding the dome's neck; a surviving example is shown at the right hand side of the image. The use of an octagonal plan with a high dome on an extended neck are features typical of fifteenth-century tomb construction in Timurid Central Asia, here transported further east to the South Asian sphere.

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