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Delhi: Red Fort, Pearl Mosque Exterior

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Title: Delhi: Red Fort, Pearl Mosque Exterior
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Mughal period Delhi;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Mosque building is based on many old traditions at Delhi, the most important of which is the inherent feeling of unity conveyed in the buildings of mosques collectively. To separate any mosque into its component parts would be to destroy the unity of the whole. As Ernst Kuhnel has stated, the monumentality of the mosque is to be sought in its overall size rather than in its particulars. At the Red Fort compound at Delhi is a rather small mosque, for which this characteristic of monumentality strangely holds true, regardless of overall size. The little Pearl Mosque by Aurangzeb is built entirely of marble and dates to about 1659. Taken in total, the mosque does have a monumental character, for its collective strength is fortified by a series of massive units such as its magnificent domes.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2224


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