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Chhatri and paliyas (memorial stones), Than, Kathiawar

Chhatri and paliyas (memorial stones), Than, Kathiawar

Photographer: Burgess, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(427)

Item number: 1000427

Length: 18.2

Width: 23.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a group of paliyas (memorial stones), with a tiered pavilion (chattri) behind at Than in Gujarat, taken by James Burgess around 1874. In the 'Report on the Antiquities of Kathiawad and Kachh of 1874-75', Burgess wrote, "Throughout the country and in Kachh, the custom long prevailed of erecting a stone called a Paliya to the memory of those who died a violent death, but in more recent times it seems to have become common also to those who died from natural causes. Like grave-stones in other countries they are of very varied workmanship, from the plain stone with a rude symbol above and the name, date, and mode of the moulded stone surmounted by a figure of the deceased mounted on a horse or camel...These paliyas are sometimes erected on raised on raised platforms, and in rarer cases they are covered by a pavilion or chattri."

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