A rare antique souvenir yellow-lustre porcelain cup and saucer with a picture of Woking Mosque (Shah Jahan Mosque) in Surrey, United Kingdom.

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April 19, 2024
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Woking Mosque (Shah Jahan Mosque) in Surrey, United Kingdom.
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Asr Foundation
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The saucer measures approx. 14.5 cm in diameter. The cup stands approximately . 5.5 cm high.

The Shah Jahan Mosque (originally known as Woking Mosque) was built by Gottlieb Wilheim Leitner in 1889. It is the oldest purpose-built mosque in the U.K. and is now a Grade-I listed building. Shah Jahan Begum (1838–1901) of Bhopal partially funded the construction of this mosque.

This antique cup and saucer is impressed with 84/18 Germany on the base of the cup and Made in Germany under the glaze on the base of both the cup and saucer. The cup and saucer date from either the late 19th century or early 20th century.

Yoshida spent the New Year of 1931 in Delhi, where he continued to make sketches for his future prints. After returning to Japan, he chose as his subject the outer gateway to the Jami (Jama) Masjid, a mosque built in the mid-seventeenth century and one of the most impressive examples of the architectural projects undertaken by Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–58), the same ruler who built the Taj Mahal as the tomb for his wife. White marble domes embellish the red sandstone gate that is approached via long stairways. Yoshida’s interest in human activity is expressed here in his selection of a viewpoint that encompasses the market stalls in the foreground and includes many visitors resting on the brightly sunlit stairs.

The saucer measures approx. 14.5 cm in diameter. The cup stands approximately . 5.5 cm high.

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