[excerpt] Neither of the two structures1 should be regarded simply as a tomb. Emerging out of a complex political situation, each was linked to individuals besides the ones for whom they were built. Both relied on a well-developed visual language to explicate the multiple political and personal relationships of those associated with them. Not just Akbar but also subordinates like Maham Anaga, Shihab al-Din Ahmad Khan, and Muhammad Aziz Kokaltash were prominent patrons of architecture, whether of tombs, mosques, or madrasas. To some degree we may understand the period through its buildings, as if they constituted the strategically placed pieces of a complex military game such as chess or shogi.

  • 1. The tomb of Adham Khan and Maham Anaga and the one for Atga Khan.