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Agra: Tomb of Itim ad-ud-Daula [sic]

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Title: Agra: Tomb of Itim ad-ud-Daula [sic]
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Agra-- Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula, Agra;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: We can regard the tomb of Itim ad-ud-Daula [sic], built in 1610, to be the forerunner of the architectural type represented in the Taj Mahal. Four corner towers are attached to the pavilion as they are with the later mausoleum
however, the most marked differences lie in the conception of the facade - which in this case does not match the Taj Mahal in monumental character - and the dome over the tomb proper. Due to its earlier date, the Itim ad-ud-Daula mausoleum retains the more squarish dome seen in private residences as those pictured in slides 19 and 20, and, consequently, the whole character of the tomb is changed into a somber down-to-earth creation. Qualities suggesting a more tomb-like nature are the white marble used for the building, the restraint of bright coloring, and the quiet location and dignified character of the grounds.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2583


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