AKM708, Plan of an Encampment, Front

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Plan of an Encampment

This detailed aerial view of an encampment likely served as a working diagram. Rendered in various colours, many of its structures—including tents and pavilions—are given labels identifying their function and their distance from one another. The entire encampment pivots around a central structure, a “seven-storey gold bangala for the army’s lookout.” Additional structures include a harem, royal diwans, school, library, treasury, and a bazar, among others.


Graves, Margaret S. and Benoît Junod, eds. Architecture in Islamic Arts: Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum. Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011, 210–11. ISBN: 9780987846303


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