Tomb of Tahir Khan Nahar in Sitpur: An Analysis of its Architectural Features and Decorative Elements


  • Muzna Matloob Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan



Tomb architecture, Cultural diversity, embellishments, surface decorations, cultural impact on architecture


The true spirit of people is reflected in the folklore, custom, tradition, art and craft of the region. Punjab (Pakistan) has impressive folk art, diversity of cultural heritage, stunning historic architecture and variety of arts and crafts. It is regarded to be a glimpse into Pakistani culture. The historic tomb of Tahir Khan Nahar is situated in Sitpur, tehsil Alipur built in circa 1520 AD.

The tomb of Tahir Khan Nahar is the earliest known pre-Mughal funerary monument created in imitation of the celebrated monument Rukn-i-Alam though having its own personality to be regarded as the first ever attempt to create a local variation of the style, especially for the sake of the design and color of faience and faience-mosaic revetment. This paper examined the architectural design and surface ornamentation, which is lavishly embellished with glazed tile work and other details. This paper further analyses the design elements in detail with reference to tomb architecture in Pakistan.

The paper is divided into three parts. First part discussed the historical context of the saint. The second part placed the tomb in its architectural elements and discussed style of its construction. Third part examined the surface decoration of the tomb. The architectural features in relation with the other monuments of the region have been discussed in last part. The paper finally concludes with importance of this historic tomb and impact of cultural influences on tomb architecture.

Author Biography

Muzna Matloob, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan

Multan College of Arts



How to Cite

Muzna Matloob. (2022). Tomb of Tahir Khan Nahar in Sitpur: An Analysis of its Architectural Features and Decorative Elements. PERENNIAL JOURNAL OF HISTORY, 3(2), 319-336.