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Jethabhai Mulji's Step-well at Isanpur, Ahmadabad

Jethabhai Mulji's Step-well at Isanpur, Ahmadabad

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/16(1710)

Item number: 1710

Length: 19.3

Width: 24.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Jethabhai Mulji's Step-well at Isanpur in Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, for the Archaeological Survey of India. This view looks along one of the galleries of the step-well or baoli. James Burgess writing in 1905 in the Archaeological Survey of Western India, VIII, states "two and a half miles south of Ahmadabad, near Isanpur...[is] perhaps one of the most modern examples of the regular wav [step well]. It was constructed little more than forty years ago by the late Jethabhai Jivanlal Nagjibhai (or Mulji) of Ahmadabad. To obtain the materials, he purchased from the holder of Shah Alam the rauza belonging to a masjid known as that of Malik Alam...and from the late Qazi Hasan-ad-din of Ahmadabad he bought the Nenpurvada masjid at Rajapur-Hirpur together with its accompanying rauza. These were pulled down by the Hindu purchaser and the materials used in the construction of this well and in putting up a portico to his temple in the Shahrkotda suburb. In the ornamentation of the well one of the mihrabs of the mosque has evidently been utilized. This wav...is 210 feet in extreme length and from 21 to 22 feet wide, with a dome raised on twelve pillars on the entrance at the west end. It has the usual descents from platform or gallery to gallery."

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