SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

The Peculiarities of Jahangir’s Tomb: New Research addressing the Architecture of the Mausoleum

Mehreen Razvi (SOAS)

Date: 17 March 2010Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 17 March 2010Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Seminar

The tomb of the fourth Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, was built between 1627 and 1637 in Lahore, Pakistan. It is the third in a sequence of four monumental, imperial mausolea built during the reign of the Great Mughals (1526-1707), and is substantially different in many ways from the rest. This seminar seeks to discuss some of the architectural questions about this tomb, addressing what makes it different in form from the other three monumental imperial mausolea built during this period, those of Humayun, Akbar and Shah Jahan, and put forth various possibilities for why these differences in form occurred. Also to be examined will be the non-extant second storey of Jahangir’s tomb, the use of minarets at the site, and the choice of Lahore as the location for the tomb.

Organiser: Crispin Branfoot

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