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The Hira Gate from inside the town, Dabhoi

The Hira Gate from inside the town, Dabhoi

Photographer: Burgess, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(422)

Item number: 10004422

Length: 25.7

Width: 19.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Hira Gate at Dabhoi, in Gujarat, taken by James Burgess in 1874. Dabhoi is an ancient town in the south of Gujarat that was fortified by the Solanki Rajputs from the 12th century. The fort was built in the 13th century by the Vaghela king of Patan, or Anhilvada, following the shastric traditions described in the Vastu scriptures and is an example of the Rajput military style There are four gates in each cardinal direction. The Hira Gate or Diamond Gate is in the east. In the 'Report on the Antiquities of Kathiawad and Kachh of 1874-75', Burgess wrote, " The gate that has suffered most is the Hira gate on the east, beside a temple of Kalka Mat, remarkable for its profuse sculpture...Original portions... of the four [gates] still remain,- they have only been repaired or partially rebuilt, and Muhammadan arches substituted for the old Rajput mode of spanning the aperture by corbelling inwards by means of a series of carved brackets supporting long stone lintels above...the brackets, lintels, and upper portions of the side walls have all been elaborately carved with mythological figures and architectural ornament."

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