View inside the step-well at Vagad, Gujarat
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the step-well at Vagad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The location is spelt either Vagad, Valad or Vayad. In the 'Archaeological Survey of Western India, vol. IX', Burgess and Cousens wrote, "Here is one of the old step-wells of Gujarat...It is about forty yards in length and 12 feet 8 inches between the side retaining walls. The structure is of five storeys in depth, and, except at the bottom of the fourth storey downwards, the landing platforms are unusually narrow...Along the side walls run wide ledges at each stage. As usual, it ends in a circular draw-well...At the head of this is the usual mot for drawing up water by means of bullocks for irrigation. The pillars supporting the roofing slabs over the platforms of each landing are of two patterns: an older, in which the shaft changes from square to octagon and higher to round...and one with a square shaft...quite of the pattern adopted in the Muhammadan mosques from the fourteenth century downwards."