Wood carving on the front of a house, Ahmadabad 1785
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of wood carving on the front of a house at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. These buildings are known as haveli, or courtyard house. Gujarat is noted for its wooden houses with detailed carved decoration. The wood used to construct these houses was imported into the region by sea as Gujarat is not a highly-wooded area. Most of the heavily-carved buildings in the region are half-timbered; a hybrid of wooden frames and brick walls. The overhanging first floor of the building is held up by pillars and large elaborately carved struts. Stylised elephants heads carved on string courses and studded, embossed carved doors are typical of this style of architecture. This view shows a balcony with its supporting brackets.