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Mandu: Women's Palace (Jahaz Mahal). 15th Century.

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Title: Mandu: Women's Palace (Jahaz Mahal). 15th Century.
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Provincial Sultanates-- Malwa-- Mandu;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: As we enter the 15th century, the art of the provincial sultanates, especially those of Sharqi, Kashmir, and Malwa, immediately demands our attention. The province most closely connected to the Delhi style of art is Malwa, with the city of Mandu, the capital of the province since 1405. Most of the buildings erected at Mandu were commissioned by Sultan Hoshang (1405-35), and these included beautiful mausoleums of white marble, and two royal palaces, the Hindola Mahal and the Jahaz Mahal (Women's Palace), which is the subject of our present slide. In general, the Mandu architecture of the women's palace is in the Tughluq style, which makes use of beautifully dressed limestone and elegant decorations. The domes, as just barely visible over the walls here, were lifted onto high drums while ogival arches (pointed arches) and stone grill-work were employed in the walls and doorways. Some scholars believe that there are traceable influences of European Gothic forms in this type of building.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2030


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