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Delhi: Qutb Minar enclosure, screen of Qutb.

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Title: Delhi: Qutb Minar enclosure, screen of Qutb.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Delhi Sultanate;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The Qutb Minar was the product of several centuries of building additions under several sultans in the district of Delhi: It was initially begun in 1199 and was situated not far from the first mosque built in India, the Quwwat-ul-Islam, a project ordered by the Sultan Aibak and making use of eclectic elements from destroyed Jain and Hindu temples. The Qutb Minar, however, was solely a product of Islamic builders, but was also composed of Hindu spoils which were carved with great skill into truly beautiful Islamic ornaments. The Sultan Altamish, whom we discussed earlier, added the enclosure wall we see in this slide during his reign between 1211-1236.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1971


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