A large polychrome painted wood model of the Qutub Minar Delhi, circa 1900
rising in a series of five tiers, decorated in polychrome with realistic details and inscriptions 291 cms. high
The inscriptions include the basmalah followed by the shahada.
Constructed with red sandstone and marble, the Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret in India, 72.5 metres high. It was commenced in AD 1193 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim Sultan to rule at Delhi, and later enlarged by his successor Shams-ud-din Iltutmish (AD 1211-36). In addition to its traditional religious purpose of calling the faithful to prayer, it was constructed as a monumental victory tower to signify the beginning of Muslim rule in India.
A similar model was sold in these rooms in the Islamic and Indian Art sale, Lot 447, 15 April 2010, now in the Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Indian Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no. EA2010.36).