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Dabhoi: The Hira Gate restored

Dabhoi: The Hira Gate restored

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: WD 2218

Item number: f.12v-13

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of the restored Hira gate in Dabhoi from James Burgess' 'The Antiquities of the town of Dabhoi in Gujarat.' Dahboi, located 20 miles south-east of Baroda, is an ancient town with fortified walls which was built in the early 13th century by the Vaghela king of Patan. Key features of fortress include four 13th century gateways called the Baroda gate, Nandod gate, Hira gate, and the Moti Gate. The Hira or Diamond gate, located on the eastern side of Dabhoi, measures approximately 16 feet wide by 30 feet deep and includes six arches and several pilasters. The gate's brackets, lintels, balconies, and upper walls are richly carved with decorative ornamentation and mythological figures.

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