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INDIA Vihara of Gwalior !! Antique Print Engraving

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The Vihara at Gwalior Another Quality Print from Martin2001 Type of print: Wood engraving - Original antique print Year of printing: 1878 Artist - Engraver - Publisher: n/a - n/a - Bickers Son, London Condition: Excellent - Very good - Good - Fair Size of print in inches: 10 x 13 (image size: 6 1/2 x 9), 1 inch = 2,54 cm Type of paper: Thick - Heavier - Medium heavy - Thin Reverse side: Blank - With text or pictures Notes: See shipping rates, return, payment policies, etc. at the bottom of page. Description: From the original description: We came at last to the Vihara temple, one of the most remarkable buildings in Gwalior. It is situated exactly in the centre of the plateau; and from the plains, at a considerable distance, you can see its monumental tower of stone, which rises to a height of more than a hundred and twenty feet. Against the entrance front is a spacious portico; but, as the dome has fallen in, it is difficult to judge of original appearance. A large apartment occupies the ground floor of the temple, in which there used to stand a gigantic statue of Buddha, the outline of which still remains on the wall at the back; and above this are apartments corresponding to the five stories of the pyramid. Sculptured pediments over the square doors are the only ornaments of the lower walls; and the widest sides of the pyramid are simply decorated with some lightly sculptured cordons and a few alcoves and niches, but not a single idol; while the lesser sides are entirely taken up by an imitation of the great window in the Buddhic temple of Viswakarma at Ellora. The plinths of the principal door are covered with remarkable bas-reliefs, representing groups of women carrying standards, which greatly resemble the sculptures in the temple of Sanchi. It is most important that the real origin of this monument should be satisfactorily determined; for, could 'it be proved to be Buddhic, it would be the sole representative of those innumerable Viharas which the Chinese travellers of the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries have so well described to us. There is, however, no doubt that the Jams took possession of the temple at an unknown date, and adapted it to their own worship. In its vicinity extend the long lines of the English barracks, which are large, well ventilated, extremely clean, and admirably adapted to this murderous climate. On the other side of the barracks there are some large tanks cut out of the rock, like those of Chittore, designed 'for the purpose of collecting rain-water, in case of the failure of the springs on the plateau; but being too open, and exposed to the sun, the water in them soon becomes impure and muddy. On the west of the plateau the wall of rock has been split nearly in two by a convulsion of nature, which has left a deep and narrow gorge between two steep precipices. This gorge is called by the natives Ourwhai, and it is to it that the mountain owes its ancient celebrity. This sombre valley, to which the sun's rays, intercepted by the overhanging walls of rock, rarely penetrated, must at once have attracted the mystical Jain philosophers. Here they discovered numerous springs, which kept up a perpetual freshness of atmosphere, and developed a vegetation in the deep recesses unusual in this country. Ourwhai became the scene of their most mysterious rites, and their colossal idols were ranged along the whole length of the valley. It would be difficult to find, even in India, a site more admirably adapted by nature for a temple of one of the primitive religions of man. Even now, on entering the ravine (which the English have strangely christened the Happy Valley), one is struck by the grand and mysterious aspects of this natural temple. You are enveloped in a damp, cold atmosphere; and, in the gloom, gigantic forms with Sphinx faces and red eyes appear through the tangled branches of the creeping-plants. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ========================================================================== ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Martin2001 Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy ! Any print purchased from us may be returned for any reason for a full refund including all postage. Shipping: Worldwide. We gladly combine multiple purchases into one package. Terminology: to learn more about antique prints and their terminology. "Inch to cm" conversion table: to see our handy "inch to cm" conversion table. Our other listings : to see our other listings . Notes: --- findindemp Powered by Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.

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