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View along the façade of Jahangir's Tomb, Shahdara, Lahore.

View along the façade of Jahangir's Tomb, Shahdara, Lahore.

Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(953)

Item number: 1003953

Genre: Photograph

This view shows the side elevation and corner of the tomb of the Mughal emperor Jahangir (1605-1627) at Shahdara. Mughal royalty and their courtiers built pleasure gardens and palaces on the right bank of the River Ravi at Shahdara opposite the major city of Lahore. At the outset of the reign of Jahangir's son, Shah Jahan, in 1627 the emphasis changed to funerary architectural projects of which this is one. Set in formal gardens originally built by Jahangir's wife, Nur Jahan, the tomb is faced in red sandstone inlaid with coloured marbles whilst inside the mausoleum walls are covered in colourful floral murals. The surviving marble cenotaph of Jahangir is decorated with inlaid gemstones in floral motifs and calligraphic passages giving the ninety-nine names of Allah.

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