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Imam Zamin's Tomb | Qutub Minar Complex, Delhi, India | by t linn
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Imam Zamin's Tomb | Qutub Minar Complex, Delhi, India

Imam Zamin was a Sufi saint that lived in the 15th century. The interior of his tomb illustrates two common characteristics of Muslim tombs. First is the mihrab, the niche in the rear wall which indicates the direction of Mecca.

 

Second is the marble cenotaph which looks like it contains a body but actually doesn't. The body is placed elsewhere, often in a chamber directly below it. Note the sculpted pen box on top of the cenotaph. This indicates the cenotaph belongs to a man. A woman's cenotaph features a writing tablet.

 

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Taken on December 28, 2017