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Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 7

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Pardon our construction materials, but we're looking at an old prayer wall or namazgah and a mihrab or prayer niche carved from two blocks of stone under a lintel. The central circular medallion shows a lotus from which an oil lamp hangs on a chain. In the spandrels above the ogee arch are more lotuses, and yet another at the crown, framed by floral designs.

The best description of this mosque (and of just about everything else on the island) comes from a series of articles published primarily in South Asian Studies by Mehrdad and Natalie H. Shokoohy. They write that the columns to either side of the niche (a barbarian might think they looked like stacked spools) represent vases.

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