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Khargird: Madrassa, finished 1444-1445

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Title: Khargird: Madrassa, finished 1444-1445
Author(s): Pope, Arthur Upham
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mediaeval architecture;architecture;landscape;book scan
Description: An individual and thoroughly unified building designed by Qavam but finished by Ghiyath ad-din, another Shirazi. It is a carefully proportioned, four-ivan madrassa. The court is square, with ivans of equal height and the portal pavilion of three domed chambers is decorated with painted ornament, delicate carved stucco and intricate stalactites. The tile and mosaic faience of the court are exceptionally forceful in pattern and rich in colour. The admirably organised facade, low and wide, centres on a deep portal of modest height
the symmetrical walls to either side of the portal are enriched with pointed arches, inset with rectangular panels and terminate in low corner towers. The whole facade emphasised horizontality and repose - a new note in Timurid architecture.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4324


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