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View from outside the walled enclosure of Sultan Ghari's Tomb, Delhi

View from outside the walled enclosure of Sultan Ghari's Tomb, Delhi

Photographer: Caney, W.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(908)

Item number: 1003908

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Sultan Ghari’s Tomb at Delhi from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by W. Caney in the 1870s. The tomb was built by Sultan Iltutmish (r.1211-1236) for his eldest son, Nasir-ud-Din-Mahmud, who died in 1228 or 1229. The tomb consists of an octagonal structure in the centre of a walled courtyard with a small mosque on the west side. The architecture of the tomb is very plain and includes masonry spoil from a 7th-century Hindu temple. It is possibly the first monumental Islamic tomb in India as it dates from 1231-2, slightly earlier than the tomb built for Iltutmish himself in 1235. This view of the east wall, showing the round corner towers and arched entrance to the courtyard, partly overgrown with vegetation.

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