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View from the north of Sher Shah Suri's Tomb under repair, Sasaram.

View from the north of Sher Shah Suri's Tomb under repair, Sasaram.

Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1883

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(489)

Item number: 1003489

Genre: Photograph

This photograph shows the tomb of Sher Shah Suri at Sasaram during the 1882-3 restoration undertaken by J. D. Beglar. The dome is still swathed in scaffolding, and the small pavilion or kiosk at its summit, which was replaced by a finial during the course of this restoration, has not yet been removed. H. H. Cole, Curator of Ancient Monuments in Inida, visited the site in 1883, and gives an account of the work, together with sketches, in his annual report (Second Report of the Curator of Ancient Monuments in India, for the year 1882-3 (Calcutta, 1883), Appendix F, pp. xcvii-xcviii). This city in Bihar served as the capital for the Suri dynasty between 1530 and 1540 before the move to Delhi for the remaining five years of Suri rule. The red stone tomb was designed by the architect Aliwal Khan and built between 1540 and 1545. It is octagonal in plan and is topped by an impressive dome of 22 metres in span surrounded by ornamental domed kiosks. It stands at the centre of a lake on a square stone plinth with domed kiosks at each of its corners. The plinth has stone banks and stepped moorings on all sides and is connected to the mainland by a wide stone bridge.

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