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Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti, Fatehpur Sikri

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Title: Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti, Fatehpur Sikri
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Fatehpur Sikri-- Fatehpur Sikri - Gen. views, Jami Masjid Mosque, Buland Dharwaza, Khanqah;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Also among the first monuments in the eclectic phase of Mogul art to enjoy the application of the developing Indo-Islamic style was the tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti, built around 1562. The tomb puts great emphasis on weighty construction and makes no attempt to be lofty. With respect to ground-plan, it follows the traditional Islamic formula of a square substrate surmounted by a dome, but has added a low roof and decorative panels in marble carved as beautiful jali (stone worked as a screen or grill). A small porch precedes the main portal and is surmounted by a short flight of stairs - a Hindu element in both cases, as is the raised base beneath the superstructure. Crowning the modest dome is a vestigial spire, either reduced for aesthetic reasons to its diminutive length by the builders, or simply applied as an afterthought.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2507


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