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Akbar's Tomb

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Title: Akbar's Tomb
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Sikandra, Delhi - Akbar's Tomb;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: This mausoleum was erected in 1613 by Jahangir to the memory of his father. It deliberately departs from conventional Muslim art in that it has no dome. The room containing the marble cenotaph is situated in the top of the building, which has three storeys. Countless pavilions adorn the terraces around the storeys and somewhat counteract the solid appearance of the mausoleum. Some authors claim it was never completed and that a dome, indispensible in Mughal art is needed to establish its balance. But why, then, was the room in the upper storey so perfectly finished, all in white fretted marble? In the centre, large vaulted recesses on either side of the ground-floor give access to the tomb. Like all Mughal mausoleums, this one is situated in the middle of an immense square garden which is entered through monumental gates.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2542


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