Jul 11 – Part of the screen in the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, Qutb complex, Delhi

Jul 11 - Part of the screen in the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, Qutb complex, Delhi

"The great sandstone screen across the front of the sanctuary showcases the gradual islamisation of Indian archictecture… [This part] was built by Qutbuddin in 1199..,[and] was modelled on the maqsura or screen fronting the prophet’s mosque in Medina… But it was constructed by Hindu craftsmen employing Hindu techniques… The Hindu craftsman was set to work upon alien arabesque designs and strange Naskh characters and had to weave them in among his own sinuous patterns to frame a pointed arch – a feature foreign to the Hindu tradition of trabeate construction. The essentially Hindu elements can be seen in the ornamental relief on the original portion of the great screen…[and] the quaint manner in which the Hindu craftsman put his individual mark on the unfamiliar script he was carving by turning each calligraphic stroke-end into a little floral burst." (from "Qutb Minar and adjoining monuments", local booklet)
– locally produced documentary: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKST-V_3AEU

Posted by Best of Rob on 2011-08-31 03:11:28

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