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General view of a Torana arch or Kirttistambha, Kapadvanj

General view of a Torana arch or Kirttistambha, Kapadvanj

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/7(832)

Item number: 832

Length: 15.6

Width: 12

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Photograph of a richly-carved archway at Kapadvanj in Gujarat, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India in the 1870s.

Toranas are gateways, usually of stone, marking the entrance to a Buddhist shrine or a Hindu temple. The one in this view consists of two pillars and a transverse architrave. The whole torana is covered of extremely elaborate sculpture.

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