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The Garden Tomb of Humayun: An Abode in Paradise

Neeru Misra (Author) Tanay Misra (Author)
Synopsis Venerated by Akbar, admired by Jahangir, adopted as a model by Shahjahan for his celebrated Taj Mahal, the final resting place for many a prince and princess of the house of the Mughals including Dara Shikoh, the later Mughal Emperors including Jahandar Shah, FarrukhSiyar, Rafi ud Darjat, Rafi ud Daula and Alamgir II, and the refuge for the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar in 1858 before his banishment to Burma, the Garden Tomb of Humayun has inspired the encomiums of architect, historians, visitors and tourists for centuries. From Manucci to Bernier and from Colonel Hodgson to Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz, the narrativers of the tomb have enthused admiration in poetry and literature. The red sandstone and bulbous marble double dome symbolizing the funeral pyre in the garden setting on the banks of Yamuna was conceived as a paradise in the lap of nature created for jannat-I Ashiyani, the posthumous title given to Humayun. In this first major experiment of a garden tomb of the Mughals, the architectural elements noticeable by any visitor are enormity of the size, the remarkable symmetry of the mausoleum and the garden, the marble and red sandstone finish, and the garden enclosure. Each of these elements were known to the architects even before the advent of the Mughals and had been experimented successfully either in India or in Central Asia. But what is significant is that all these elements came together in one single monument for the first time. The present monograph is the first comprehensive survey of the evolution of the Garden Tomb of Hymayun and its salient features. It is a must for historians, archaeologists, conservators, tourists and lay-readers. The painstaking research by the authors and remarkably enchanting photographs enhance the readability of the book from cover to cover.
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About the authors

Neeru Misra

Neeru Misra is a visiting faculty at the National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology, New Delhi. She has a brilliant academic career with Masters and Doctorate from the University of Allahabad. She has been teaching for over two decades and has served in senior position with the Government organizations and the United Nations. Her books, The Garden Tomb of Humayun: An Abode in Paradise; Succession and Imperial Leadership Among the Mughals: 1526-1707 and Illicit Trafficking of the Cultural Property have been widely acclaimed.

Tanay Misra

Tanay Misra is a passionate photographer and has captured nature, action and still in his camera during his travels to several countries in Europe and Asia. Fond of traveling, he finds art and architecture the most fascinating theme for his celluloid. He is a Bachelor of Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, University of Delhi, and is pursuing his masters in management at the XIRI, Jamshedpur.

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Title The Garden Tomb of Humayun: An Abode in Paradise
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173052530
length xii167p., Plates; Maps; Notes and References; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 31cm.