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We've stepped back one tomb to a space between the first Paigah noble and that of the greatest of them.  In this intermediate space is the tomb of Bashir ud Daulu, Asman Jah, grandson of a nizam and married to the fifth nizam's daughter.  One of the consistent design objectives of these tombs is to screen out the otherwise torrid sun.  To do that, they employ jalis or pierced screens, some of wood and some of hard lime plaster.  (In North India, for example at Fatehpur Sikri, the jalis are of stone.  Why stone was used here only for small pieces is unclear; it may that marble or sandstone simply could not be transported many hundreds of miles without breaking.)  Typically, too, the tombs are open to the heavens, yet shaded.  Notice the curious roof ornaments out there in the bright sun?

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