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Agra: Tomb of Itim ad-ud-Daula [sic], Detail of west façade

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Title: Agra: Tomb of Itim ad-ud-Daula [sic], Detail of west façade
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Agra-- Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula, Agra;architecture;architectural ornament
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: From a distance, the Itim ad-ud-Daula [sic] tomb has the same pure white appearance as the Taj Mahal. On closer inspection, we see that actually more attention has been given to the exuberance of the exterior design than on the Taj. A greater use of intricate designs is evident, colors are more pronounced, but are hardly gaudy in any respect and therefore preserve the sophisticated personality of the mausoleum. Persian influences are marked in the glazed-tile character of the ornament, which is not confined to the base-board area but, rather, covers the whole surface of the facade. Script motifs have been confined to a horizontal band over the entry-ways and are kept on a small scale in general. In the case of the Taj Mahal, script covered more of the entrance area, was somewhat larger in scale, but also left uncolored as here. The structural conception of the portals on the facade is along the same vein as the Taj Mahal in that both lack jali screens on the apertures of the main doors, but use them elsewhere with tremendous effect
they do so here in the back of the portal.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2585


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