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'Plan of a Boli at Ammo between Sirswghar and Alampr, said to be of the time of Malkan the Chandel Chief'. On reverse elevation of above

'Plan of a Boli at Ammo between Sirswghar and Alampr, said to be of the time of Malkan the Chandel Chief'.  On reverse elevation of above

Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: WD3608

Item number: 3608

Length: 19.6

Width: 32.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Plan

Pencil plan with measurements by Frederick Charles Maisey of a baoli at Ammao in Rajasthan. Inscribed: 'Ammo between Sirswghar and 'Alampr, said to be of the time of Malkan the Chandel Chief'. On reverse elevation of above.

Baoli or stepwells are characteristic type of architecture of Rajasthan and Gujarat in particular (where they are mostly called vav). This type of underground monuments consist of three major architectural parts: the vertical well (kupa); the stepped corridor that leads down several storeys into the earth and numerous tower-like pavilions (kuta) built in the stepped corridor.

In the 'Descriptive list of drawings of Captain Maisey' Maisey described Ammao, "This is a village between Saleya and Alampur, to which I sent my tents in consequence of having heard that a Temple and Baoli where to be seen there, which were attributed to Malkhan. The Baoli is modern with the exception of a few feet just above the water line: having nothing else to do I made a plan and section of it, which will serve to show the style of these useful works."

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