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Pre-Mughal: Quwwatul-Islam, Detail of the Wings

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Title: Pre-Mughal: Quwwatul-Islam, Detail of the Wings
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Delhi Sultanate;architecture;architectural ornament
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: These were made by Iltutmish. The style of the ornamentation is less influenced by Hindu characteristics
perhaps the Hindus were already more familiar with Arab writing and designs. As at the tomb of Iltutmish's son, the ornamentation is purely Islamic. The quoins of the uprights which support the arches are decorated with columns, a feature which persists later on, under the Mughal dynasties, in India. Pleasant patterns of Tughra writing and Kufic characters account for the bulk of the ornamentation.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1974


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