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Ceiling slab carved with scrollwork from Siddhapur (surely from one of the buildings at Shaikh Farid's Tomb at Patan?)

Ceiling slab carved with scrollwork from Siddhapur (surely from one of the buildings at Shaikh Farid's Tomb at Patan?)

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/18(1941)

Item number: 1941

Length: 26.1

Width: 21.55

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a deeply-carved ceiling slab from Shaikh Farid's Tomb at Patan in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s for the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This is a view from above looking down onto the deeply-carved slab composed of three sections and placed on the ground, with a man posed beside it as an indication of scale. The location is given as Siddhapur in Bloch's list, but this is surely from the Shaikh Farid's Tomb in Patan, reproduced as a woodcut in 'Archaeological Survey of Western India', IX, pl. xvi. The site was originally a Hindu or Jain temple and is described on p. 42: It 'seems to have been a large open mandapa belonging to some fine temple that once occupies the spot. This structure had a small porch on both the east and west faces. That on the west [sic], now fallen, had also a roof formed of three large slabs, which were recovered from the stream. Placed together they form one of the finest pieces of carved stonework, perhaps, in Western India, ...The sculpture is bold and well cut, but owing to the friable nature of the stone and its falling into the stream, it has sustained considerable damage. The design is that of a large scroll starting from a point in the circumference and flowing round and turning inwards in fine arabesque curls. The carving is raised nearly a foot from the surface of the slabs, and is so undercut that when in position it would appear pendent from the ceiling.'

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