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The Vethiya Wav: pavilion over the step-well, Mukhana, Kathiawar

The Vethiya Wav: pavilion over the step-well, Mukhana, Kathiawar

Photographer: Burgess, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(408)

Item number: 10004408

Length: 22.4

Width: 17.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a pavilion at the stepwell of Vikia Vav, near Mukhana in Kathiawar, taken by James Burgess in 1874-75. Vikia Vav, situated near the ancient town of Ghumli, is one of the largest step-well in Gujarat that dates from the early 12th century. Stepwells are underground monuments which generally consist of a vertical well with a system of hauling up water by buckets; a stepped corridor of many storeys that reaches the water level of the well; and numerous pavilions in the stepped corridor. This view shows a pavilion of the Vikia Vav. It has elaborately carved columns and brackets and balcony seating. The pyramidal roof has almost all collapsed. The well is reached through a long staircase.

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