History of Indian and Eastern Architecture: Forming the third volume of the new edition of the "History of Architecture."

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J. Murray, 1876 - Architecture - 756 pages

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Page 660 - The alxn-e is, it must be confessed, only a meagre outline of what might bo made one of the most interesting and important chapters in the History of Indian Architecture. To do it justice, however, it would...
Page 373 - Tarputry, about one hundred miles a little east of south from the capital. There are two temples there : the one now in use, dedicated to Vishnu, is the elder, and in so far as whitewash and paint will allow one to judge, ranges with the works of the earliest kings of the Vijayanagar dynasty ; bnt the wonders of the place are two gopuras belonging to a now deserted temple on the banks of the river, about a quarter of a mile from the others.
Page 507 - Though small, it is one of the richest examples of Hindu art applied to Mahomedan purposes that Old Delhi affords, and is extremely beautiful, though the builders still display a certain degree of inaptness in fitting the details to their new purposes. The effect at present is injured by the want of a roof, which, judging from appearance, was never completed, if ever commenced.
Page 560 - 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 beantiful, to a circular opening 97 ft.
Page 399 - Then come celestial beasts and celestial birds, and all along the east front a frieze of groups from human life, and then a cornice, with a rail, divided into panels, each containing two figures. Over this are windows of pierced slabs, like those of Bailliir, though not so rich or varied.
Page 596 - As it is, no words can express the chastened beauty of that central chamber, seen in the soft gloom of the subdued light that reaches it through the distant and half-closed openings that surround it.
Page 224 - Bhuvaneswar or Benares, in great numbers together ; but in all cases, so far as we know, because these were the centres of a population who believed in the gods to whom the temples were dedicated, and wanted them for the purposes of their worship. Neither of these religions, however...
Page 399 - 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 597 - ... to architectural effect on the outside; but the moment you enter by the eastern gateway the effect of its courtyard is surpassingly beautiful.
Page 233 - The principal object here, as elsewhere, is a cell lighted only from the door, containing a cross-legged seated figure of the saint to whom the temple is dedicated, in this instance Parswanatha. The cell, as in all other examples, terminates upwards in a sikra, or pyramidal...

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