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Architectural model - Model of the prayer niche in an Ahmadabad mosque

Model of the prayer niche in an Ahmadabad mosque

  • Object:

    Architectural model

  • Place of origin:

    Ahmadabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800-1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved sandalwood

  • Museum number:

    01126(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This model represents the prayer niche or mihrab in the Mosque of Muhafiz Khan. It is one of a group showing details of mosque architecture in Ahmadabad, in western India. This particular mosque was built in the late 15th century. Although the V&A has several models of Indian buildings, examples showing interior details are more rare. This model corresponds exactly to the original except in one minor detail. The Arabic inscription, written in tiny letters on a piece of paper, is copied from one in the mosque, which gives the name of its founder and a date.

Place of Origin

Ahmadabad (made)

Date

ca. 1800-1855 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved sandalwood

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription copied from one in the Mosque of Muhafiz Khan
Arabic; Arabic

Dimensions

Height: 18.7 cm, Width: 12 cm, Depth: 5.7 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Wall Case 30.] '01,126. DOORWAY. Model of, carved sandalwood; Ahmedabad. 4,281'

Descriptive line

doorway; Models, sandalwood, carved, Ahmadabad

Materials

Sandalwood; Paper

Techniques

Carved

Categories

Architecture; Islam

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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