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Agra: Taj Mahal, Tomb. Assembly Hall on east side

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Agra: Taj Mahal, Tomb. Assembly Hall on east side
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Agra-- Taj Mahal, Agra;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: This is one of the two side portals of the Taj Mahal's general precinct
and as we can see, the principal building material, although some marble veneering is present over the entrance and in the onion-bulb domes. A great deal of majesty is present even in this subsidiary building, its more common purpose notwithstanding. As a down-to-earth structure not functioning [in] any way as a sentimental nor particularly sacred building, its sturdy appearance is well suited. A very effective contrast is made between the robust color and sculptured paneling of the assembly hall, and the pure white, austerely ornamented mausoleum, taking the grounds into whole consideration. It is as if this building and its mate were sentinels guarding the solitude of the Shah and his wife within the mausoleum itself.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2606


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