History of Indian and Eastern Architecture

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Murray, 1891 - Architecture - 756 pages

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Page 119 - ... supply the place usually occupied by frieze and cornice in Grecian architecture ; and in other examples, plain painted surfaces occupy the same space. Above this springs the roof, semicircular in general section, but somewhat stilted at the sides, so as to make its height greater than the semi-diameter. It is ornamented even at this day by a series of wooden ribs, probably coeval with the excavation, which prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the roof is not a copy of a masonry arch, but of...
Page 533 - It would be difficult to excel the skill with which the vegetable forms are conventionalised just to the extent required for the purpose. The equal spacing also of the subject by the three ordinary trees and four palms takes it out of the category of direct imitation of nature, and renders it sufficiently structural for its situation ; but perhaps the greatest skill is shown in the even manner in which the pattern is spread over the whole surface. There are some exquisite specimens of tracery in...
Page 594 - 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.
Page 550 - For two-'thirds of the height it is a polygon of twelve sides ; above that circular, till it attains the height of 84 ft. The door is at some distance from the ground, and altogether it, looks more like an Irish...
Page 483 - 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 404 - For our present purpose, the great value of the study of these Indian examples is that it widens so immensely our basis for architectural criticism. It is only by becoming familiar with forms so utterly dissimilar from those we have hitherto been conversant with, that we perceive how narrow is the purview that is content with one form or one passing fashion. By rising to this wider range we shall perceive that architecture is as many-sided as human nature itself, and learn how few feelings and how...
Page 510 - Journal Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society,' vol. viii. p. 28.) My impression is, that this may ultimately a century more modern than the other buildings of the place, and displays the Pathan style at its period of greatest perfection, when the Hindu masons had learned to fit their exquisite style of dec-oration to the forms of their foreign masters.
Page 509 - 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 328 - ... stands a little detached from the rest. The other four stand in a line north and south, and look as if they had been carved out of a single stone or rock, which originally, if that were so, must have been between 35 ft.
Page 395 - ... much of that pleasing subordination and variety of spacing which is found in those of the Jains, but we miss here the octagonal dome, which gives such poetry and meaning to the arrangements they adopted. Instead of...

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