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Delhi: Humayun's Tomb. Detail of arcading

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Title: Delhi: Humayun's Tomb. Detail of arcading
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Mughal period Delhi;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The arcade in front of Humayan's tomb does not permit one to walk through it laterally as one might expect. It acts, rather, as a screen - as many Hindu temples employed - where smaller doors at the back of each niche allow the visitor to pass through to the inner court before the tomb proper. Paneling in this instance is additive and not subtractive, as was the case in the assembly halls and side portals of the Taj Mahal. Lighter colored stone was inset into the red standstone
the design so produced looks as if one had scratched away the patina of living rock to leave an image. The character of the decoration is not brought out of the surface of the stone, however, but is applied to it. Uncluttered shapes comprise the patterns used, and no organic motifs are intermingled with them.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2179


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