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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bijapur (Vijayapura): Photo 17

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The entire Qur'an was said to be inscribed on these walls in gilt on an azure background. Comparing this tomb with that of Ibrahim's father, Cousens writes (p. 21) that "with its lavish abundance of decoration, gilded and gorgeously coloured, its slender and graceful minarets, its exquisite proportions, and its surrounds of lovely gardens, it [this tomb] made his father's simple tomb sink into insignificance and become a hovel beside it." Cousens points to an inscription that dates the building to 1626 and reads: "This building, which makes the heart glad, is the memorial of Taj Sultana." If so, the building was originally intended to be the tomb of Ibrahim's wife. (Henry Cousens, Architectural Antiquities of Western India, p. 77.)

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