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Agra: Taj Mahal, Tomb

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Title: Agra: Taj Mahal, Tomb
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mughal Architecture-- Agra-- Taj Mahal, Agra;architecture
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: At four corners of the Taj stand cupola-topped minarets, of a type characteristically Indian throughout the development of the Indo-Islamic styles of building. The Taj is the epitome of the Imperial style of the Mogul Empire and draws [a] remarkable combination of elements from three sources: the white marble, always in fashion in India for its sophisticated purity of color, was borrowed from the architecture of Gurjarat [sic] and Malwa (as for example the tomb of Hoshang at Mandu seen in slide 5)
from the architecture of Bengal and later the Deccan came the elements of the cusped arches, lotus columns and bulbous minaret towers with broad balconies
and lastly from Kashmir, the delicate flower decoration slightly undertoned with geometrical forms was used. -- From southwest, with minaret.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-2619


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