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Delhi: Jami Mahal, 1644-58

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Title: Delhi: Jami Mahal, 1644-58
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Mughal period Delhi;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The Jami Mahal, built in the second major site of the Mogul empire under Akbar, was a further step along the developmental lines of the Pearl Mosque discussed in the previous two slides. The same combination of bulbous domes, immediately crowning the large main portal, has been employed here as have the slender subsidiary minarets, which are not watchtowers but decorative motifs based on the minaret-watchtower formula. Characterizing the facade proper (that portion containing the entrance in particular) is a peculiarly detached quality, as if set away from the main part of the building to deliberately emphasize its singular verticality. Earlier it was stated that the Islamic mosque traditionally sought to express its monumentality as a unity, not in particulars. This case forms an exemplary discrepancy
for here, accounting for the pronounced emphasis on one portion of the building, are the ideas of Persian architecture at work.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2256


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