Flowering plant with narcissus and tulip blossoms, detail of marble relief on dado of northern pishtaq
niche, Taj Mahal, late 1630s.
of the tomb has blue and white tiles, with two slender pillars rising from the base of the building and terminating above the parapet.
The 16th century mausoleum of Sultan Abdul Razzak is a plain brick structure with semi circular corner towers and four iwans with high pishtaq
(21) The Agra mosque is based on a standard Shahjahani archetype appropriated from the Sultanate architecture of Delhi: (22) an oblong prayer hall formed of vaulted bays or rooms arranged in a row with a dominant central pishtaq (a high portal) surmounted by three domes (see figure 2).
The Mughal epigraphical programme inscribed on most Shahjahani mosques followed imperial patterns until the unprecedented encomiums on the pishtaq of the Agra Jami Masjid.
The nine-fold/hasht behisht plan for non-imperial tombs with a pishtaq
facade and high drum supporting a dome was introduced, as well as a trabeate, pillared hall and veranda with a flat roof, dated to 1533.