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Decorated ceiling in Shaikh Farid's tomb at Patan

Decorated ceiling in Shaikh Farid's tomb at Patan

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1886

Shelfmark: WD 2224

Item number: f.12

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of the carved-wood ceiling of the Vadipura-Parsvanatha temple at Patan from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [of] Architecture of Northern Gujarat.' The city of Patan located in Gujarat, was formerly called Anhilvada or Anhilpur and was established in 765 by Vanaraja, the first king of the Chavada dynasty. The Jain temple of Vadipura-Parsvanatha was built in 1594. This temple consists of a mandapa, or a columned hallway, covered by a central dome and several courtyards with shrines. Burgess wrote: ?it [is] covered by an elaborate and well carved roof. It is in the form of a dome rising to the height of 11-1/4 feet and 11 feet in diameter. The roof is decorated in concentric circles with figures and bands of ornament, and has a lotus-shaped pendant hanging from the apex. Eight large brackets are placed at equal intervals round the inside. Theses are female musicians and dancers; and between each pair of these is a seated male figure with two attendants. These are the ashtadikpalas or eight regents of the points of the compass and are arranged in the ceiling according to their proper quarters, and each with his vahana or conveyance carved below his seat. Some fine carving, now much injured, has filled up the corners or spandrels of the octagonal roof, between the lowest circle of the dome and lintels.? Inscribed: Govt. Archaeol. Survey of Western India. No. 730

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