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Unidentified ruined Mahomedan tomb, Lahore. 1003958

Unidentified ruined Mahomedan tomb, Lahore. 1003958

Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(958)

Item number: 1003958

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the 1880s shows a partially ruined tomb outside the city of Lahore. The mausoleum is octagonal in plan with a recessed arch in each face. It is topped by a bulbous, slightly pointed dome. There is scaffolding around one of the piers of the arches. The combination of an octagonal plan with bulbous dome is typical of Persian architectural design. Its use here in Lahore shows the strong influence of Persian and Central Asian styles on the Islamic buildings of South Asia. The tomb bears a strong resemblance to that of Asaf Khan, brother-in-law to the Mughal emperor Jahangir, located in the same tomb complex as that of the emperor at Shahdara on the banks of the Ravi river. The tomb, which dates to the mid-seventeenth century, was originally decorated in lavishly coloured tiles, inlay work and painted motifs.

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