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View across the main shaft of Dada Harir's Well, looking east, Ahmadabad

View across the main shaft of Dada Harir's Well, looking east, Ahmadabad

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/16(1699)

Item number: 1699

Length: 24.9

Width: 19.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the main shaft of Dada Harir's Well at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. The vav, also known as a step-well or baoli, was a common feature of towns in Gujarat. An inscription within one of the step-well’s galleries states this structure was constructed by Bai Sri Harira in 1501, a lady belonging to the court of Sultan Mahmud Begarha (r.1458-1511). The actual water reservoir is encased in a decorative building that is approached via a domed pavilion and descended to via two central spiral stairways. The interior of the well has four levels of pillared galleries which would have been used as resting spaces, leading to the underground octagonal well.

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