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Stone archway - Stone archway

Stone archway

  • Object:

    Stone archway

  • Place of origin:

    Gaur (Brought from the dismantled factories of Goamalti and Chandri, which were erected at the close of the 18th century with materials taken from the ruins of the ancient city of Gaur, part of which is now in the district of Malda, West Bengal, India., made)
    Bangladesh (Brought from the dismantled factories of Goamalti and Chandri, which were erected at the close of the 18th century with materials taken from the ruins of the ancient city of Gaur, formerly in Bengal., made)

  • Date:

    c.1450 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved Stone

  • Museum number:

    IS.3395:2-1883

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

One of two attached columns which make up the archway.The whole is richly carved with conventional floral decoration.

Place of Origin

Gaur (Brought from the dismantled factories of Goamalti and Chandri, which were erected at the close of the 18th century with materials taken from the ruins of the ancient city of Gaur, part of which is now in the district of Malda, West Bengal, India., made)
Bangladesh (Brought from the dismantled factories of Goamalti and Chandri, which were erected at the close of the 18th century with materials taken from the ruins of the ancient city of Gaur, formerly in Bengal., made)

Date

c.1450 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved Stone

Dimensions

Height: 78.5 in, Width: 12.5 in, Height: 126 in, Width: 91 in

Object history note

Given by Reginald Porch, Magistrate at Malda. J.D. Beglar, assistant to Alexander Cunningham, Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India in the 1888 Report on Bengal, reported that he had 'seen in the compound of the then Magistrate of Malda, the late Mr. Porch, a set of lintels obtained from Pandua,[the Sultan's capital for a century from the mid 14th century, after which it returned to Gaur] which he, when going on his last furlong packed up and carried off to England'. (quoted in Syed Mahmudul Hasan, 1979, p.135). Hasan assumes these architectural pieces to be those now in the V&A Museum and that they came from the ruined mosque of Firuz Shah II which stands close to the abandoned indigo factory at Goamalti in the south-west part of English Bazar in the District of Malda, which was the British settlement established between the cities of Gaur and Pandua.

Descriptive line

Stone archway in seven pieces, Gaur , c.1450 A.D.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hasan, Syed Mahmudul, Mosque Architecture of Pre-Mughal Bengal,1979, University Press Limited, Bangladesh

Materials

Basalt

Techniques

Technique; Carving

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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