Unidentified tomb, Gwalior 10031471
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an unidentified tomb at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Bourne and Shepherd around 1883, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The origins of Gwalior can be traced back to the eighth century; since then it has had a succession of rulers including the Rajputs, Mughals and Marathas. It rose to great prominence during the period of Tomar Rajput rule between 1398 and 1518, particularly during the reign of Raja Man Singh (r.1486-1517). Gwalior is renowned for its massive hill fort which stands on a long, narrow, sheer-sided hill almost 100 m (300 feet) high. Near the Delhi Gate in the Old City of Gwalior stands the Mosque of Khandola Khan and a Mosque of his son Naziri Khan. Beside these mosques are several tombs decorated with carved stonework and pierced screen, similar to the unidentified tomb in this photograph.