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Wood carving on the front of the Dwarkanath Temple, Ahmadabad

Wood carving on the front of the Dwarkanath Temple, Ahmadabad

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/17(1780)

Item number: 1780

Length: 19

Width: 24.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of wood carving on the front of the Dwarkanath Temple, at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This is a view along the main fa├žade, showing elaborately carved balconies, brackets and pillars. This appears to be a haveli temple, where the upper floor is used for domestic accommodation, often for those who look after the temple. The building has a columned verandah with large richly-carved struts holding up the overhanging first floor, typical of Gujarati buildings. Part of the carved decoration is a row of stylised elephants heads surrounding the lower part of the verandah. The studded and embossed carved door is also typical of this style of architecture.

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