History of Indian and Eastern Architecture, Volume 2

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Page 123 - AD 400 as a mean date — and it certainly is not far from the truth — it opens our eyes to an unsuspected state of affaire to find the Hindus at that age capable of forging a bar of iron larger than any that have been forged even in Europe up to a very late date, and not frequently even now.
Page 214 - Musjid, or Pearl Mosque, which Shah Jehan erected in the fort of Agra, is one of the purest and most elegant buildings of its class to be found anywhere (Woodcut No.
Page 209 - Mahal, now used as a mess-room, and one or two small pavilions. They are the gems of the palace, it is true ; but without the courts and corridors connecting them they lose all their meaning, and more than half their beauty. Being now situated in the...
Page 121 - ... most beautiful example of its class known to exist anywhere. The rival that will occur at once to most people is the campanile at Florence, built by Giotto. That is, it is true, 30 ft. taller, but it is crushed by the mass of the cathedral alongside ; and, beautiful thongh it is, it wants that poctry of design and exquisite finish of detail which marks every moulding of the minar.
Page 94 - Sing (AD 1486-1516), the most remarkable and interesting example of a Hindu palace of an early age in India. The external dimensions of this palace are 300 ft. by 160 ft., and on the east side it is 100 ft. high, having two underground storeys looking over the country. On all its faces the flat surface is relieved by tall towers of singularly pleasing design. crowned by cupolas that were covered with domes of gilt copper when Baber saw them in 1527.
Page 98 - The glory of Deeg, however, consists in the cornices, which are generally double, a peculiarity not seen elsewhere, and which for extent of shadow and richness of detail surpass any similar ornaments in India, either in ancient or modern buildings.
Page 16 - It must not, however, be considered that it is only for patient industry that this building is remarkable. The mode in which the eastern face is broken up by the larger masses, so as to give height and play of light and shade, is a better way of accomplishing what the Gothic architects attempted by their transepts and projections. This, however, is surpassed by the western front, where the variety of outline, and the arrangement and subordination of the various facets in which it is disposed, must...
Page 199 - Within and above the last is a white marble enclosure, 157 feet each way, or externally just half the length of the lowest terrace, its outer wall entirely composed of marble trellis-work of the most beautiful patterns. Inside, it is surrounded by a colonnade...
Page 177 - At the height of 57 ft. from the floor-line the hall begins to contract, by a series of pendentives as ingenious as they are beautiful, to a circular opening 97 ft. in diameter. On the platform of these pendentives the dome is erected, 124 ft.
Page 58 - VI. which has been exhaustively treated by Mr. Burgess in the work above referred to. Chambers' paper in the second volume of the ' Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society,

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