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Sunak, Nilakantha Temple: elevation.

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Title: Sunak, Nilakantha Temple: elevation.
Author(s): Rowland, Benjamin
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Gujarat & South Rajasthan;architecture;diagrams/drawings;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: On the exterior the temples of Gujarat and Kathiawar are generally divided into 3 zones of horizontal ornament & mouldings, including the base, the main body of the wall up to the cornice, and the roof or attack over the cella, of course, the roof is replaced by the sikhara [sic]. These divisions are in turn separated into numerous horizontal courses, each specifically named and its exact measurement prescribed in the sastras. The sikharas differ from the usual Indo-Aryan type in being composed of clustered turrets or urusringas, each a replica of the main tower, and almost free-standing from the fabric of the principal spire. The Nilakantha temple gives a good idea of the original elevation of these sanctuaries. (Source: B. Rowland, The Art and Architecture of India, London, Penguin Books, 1953, Fig. 26, p. 177)
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1312


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