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Isanpur: Step well

Isanpur: Step well

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: WD2222

Item number: f.19

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of Jethabhai Mulji's Step-well at Isanpur in Ahmadabad in Gujarat. James Burgess writing in 1905 in the Archaeological Survey of Western India, VIII, states "two and a half miles south of Ahmadabad, near Isanpur...[is] perhaps one of the most modern examples of the regular wav [step well]. It was constructed little more than forty years ago by the late Jethabhai Jivanlal Nagjibhai (or Mulji) of Ahmadabad. To obtain the materials, he purchased from the holder of Shah Alam the rauza belonging to a masjid known as that of Malik Alam...and from the late Qazi Hasan-ad-din of Ahmadabad he bought the Nenpurvada masjid at Rajapur-Hirpur together with its accompanying rauza. These were pulled down by the Hindu purchaser and the materials used in the construction of this well and in putting up a portico to his temple in the Shahrkotda suburb. In the ornamentation of the well one of the mihrabs of the mosque has evidently been utilized. This 210 feet in extreme length and from 21 to 22 feet wide, with a dome raised on twelve pillars on the entrance at the west end. It has the usual descents from platform or gallery to gallery."

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