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Gwalior. Tomb of Muhammad Ghaus. 16th Century.

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Title: Gwalior. Tomb of Muhammad Ghaus. 16th Century.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gwalior;architecture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The basic octagonal pattern of the tomb of Humayan built around 1565 was a simplification of a mausoleum built two years previously by Muhammad Ghaus at Gwalior, which made extensive use of the combined Malwa-Gujarati architectural style. Muhammad Ghaus' gigantic structure is a profusion of balconies, open verandas, and raised cupolas. The core of the tomb beneath the broad dome is surrounded by a myriad of secondary elements, which practically hide and do succeed in confounding the bulky solidified appearance of the main chamber. We feel as if we can see into the building from all sides, but in fact we cannot. This represents one of several cases in which the raised cupola motif has been quickly adapted for its decorative rather than its functional nature. (See in this context slide 22 and the Jami Masjid which also uses the cupola for purely decorative purposes).
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1301


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