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Ahmadabad: Niches at Dada Harir's well and mosque

Ahmadabad: Niches at Dada Harir's well and mosque

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: WD2222

Item number: f.5

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of Niches from Dada Harir's Vav and Mosque at Asarva near Ahmadabad, Gujarat. The vav, also known as a step-well or baoli, were common features in Gujarat. An inscription within one of the step-well's galleries states this structure was constructed by Bai Sri Harira in 1501, who was a lady belonging to the court of Sultan Muhammad Begada (r.1459-1511). The actual water reservoir is encased in a decorative building that is approached via a domed pavilion and descended to via two central spiral stairways. The interior of the well has four levels of pillared galleries which would have been used as resting spaces, leading to the underground octagonal well.

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