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Steps to Water - the Ancient Stepwells of India

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Large hardback with dust jacket, both in VGC. No inscription or bookplate.
From the 5th to the 19th centuries, the people of western India built stone cisterns to collect the water of the monsoon rains and keep it accessible for the remaining dry months of the year. These magnificent structures - known as stepwells or stepped ponds - are much more than utilitarian reservoirs. Their lattice-like walls, carved columns, decorated towers and intricate sculpture make them exceptional architecture, while their very presence tells much about the region's ecology and history. For the past 500 years, stepwells have been an integral part of western Indian communities as sites for drinking, washing and bathing, as well as for colourful festivals and sacred rituals. This work traces the history of stepwells, from their Hindu origins, to their zenith during Muslim rule, and eventual decline under British occupation. It also reflects on their current use, preservation, and place in Indian communities.

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Author(s):
Morna Livingston
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
25.7 x 2.8 x 31.5 cm
EAN-13:
9781568983240
Edition:
2002, 1st Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1568983240
ISBN-13:
9781568983240
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
211
Publisher:
Princeton Archit.Press
Title:
Steps to Water - the Ancient Stepwells of India

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Large hardback with dust jacket, both in VGC. No inscription or bookplate.
From the 5th to the 19th centuries, the people of western India built stone cisterns to collect the water of the monsoon rains and keep it accessible for the remaining dry months of the year. These magnificent structures - known as stepwells or stepped ponds - are much more than utilitarian reservoirs. Their lattice-like walls, carved columns, decorated towers and intricate sculpture make them exceptional architecture, while their very presence tells much about the region's ecology and history. For the past 500 years, stepwells have been an integral part of western Indian communities as sites for drinking, washing and bathing, as well as for colourful festivals and sacred rituals. This work traces the history of stepwells, from their Hindu origins, to their zenith during Muslim rule, and eventual decline under British occupation. It also reflects on their current use, preservation, and place in Indian communities.

Author(s):
Morna Livingston
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
25.7 x 2.8 x 31.5 cm
EAN-13:
9781568983240
Edition:
2002, 1st Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1568983240
ISBN-13:
9781568983240
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
211
Publisher:
Princeton Archit.Press
Title:
Steps to Water - the Ancient Stepwells of India

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