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Well at Lonar

Well at Lonar

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 303/1(16)

Item number: 16

Length: 16.4

Width: 21.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the tank at Lonar, Buldana District, Maharashtra from the Allardyce Collection: Album of views and portraits in Berar and Hyderabad, taken by Robert Gill in the 1860s. The Lonar Lake was formed by the impact of a meteor crash about 50 000 years ago, which created a crater of approximately 1800 m in diameter and 150 m deep. It is the third largest natural salt-water lake in the world and the only crater in basalt. There are many temples on the craters edge, mostly built around the 12th century in the Hemadpanti style of the Yadava period, as well as other ruins. This is a view of the Hemadpanti tank that is enclosed by a stone wall that stands to 11 feet, on three sides of which are flights of steps leading down to the first terrace, which is 85 feet square. In total the tank has four terraces that slowly decrease in size. The walls of the enclosure are decorated with pilasters and niches, and the fourth side of the tank has a balcony projecting over the first and second terraces.

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