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 11 Oct 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Text to the accompanying folio volume of plates: Illustrations of the Rock-Cut temples of India
Selected from the best examples of the different series of caves at Ellora, Ajunta, Cuttack, Salsette, Karli, and Mahavellipore.
Drawn on stone by Mr. T. C. Dibdin, from sketches ma... Read More
 11 Oct 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Illustrations of the Rock-Cut temples of India -
Selected from the best examples of the different series of caves at Ellora, Ajunta, Cuttack, Salsette, Karli, and Mahavellipore.
Drawn on stone by Mr. T. C. Dibdin, from sketches made on the spot in the years 1838-9
By James Fer... Read More
 15 Sep 2015 Rare Photographs
Chutter Munzil, Lucknow
Photo by Edward Sache
c.1880's

Source: Columbia University Read More
 27 Jul 2015 Article/Essay
History of the Somnath Temple, Gujarat

The Someshwar Mahadev temple stands tall among the temples of India. The construction of the present temple in Junagadh district began in 1947. It is the seventh temple built to commemorate the glory of Lord Somnath who is said to have known as Bhairaveshwa... Read More
 12 Jul 2015 Rare Photographs
View of the city gate, Somnatha - 1895

Photograph of the city gate at Somnath in Gujarat, taken by the travelling commercial photographer F. Nelson during the 1890s. The album is inscribed: “With best compliments from H.H. Rasulkhanji, Nawab of Junagadh (India)” and was formerly in the colle... Read More
 12 Jul 2015 Rare Photographs
View of the Temple of Somanatha - 1895

Photograph of the temple of Somanatha Temple at Somnath in Gujarat, taken by F. Nelson in the 1890s, from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Photographs of Junagadh'. In the report, 'Somanatha and other mediaeval temples in Kathiawad' of 1931, Henry Cousens wrote,... Read More
 12 Jul 2015 Rare Paintings
The celebrated temple of Somnath - 1850

Lithograph by T.C. Dibdin from a sketch by Capt T. Postans of the Somanatha Temple at Somnath, Prabhas Patan, in Gujarat, dated c.1850.

Prabhas Patan is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre, considered to be one of the sights of Shiva's Jyotirlingas. The ... Read More
 26 May 2015 Rare Photographs
Great Mosque in Gulbarga Fort - 1880

Photograph of the Jami Masjid in Gulbarga, Karnataka, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892', taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s. In the early 14th century the Deccan was occupied by Muhammad Tughluq (r.1325-51)... Read More
 23 May 2015 Article/Essay
Essay:
Short Chronologies at Arm's Length: Ajanta & Beyond
By Sara Weisblat Schastok
as published in the ARS ORIENTALIS SUPPLEMENT

THIS ESSAY, originally offered during the 1990 Association for Asian Studies meeting at the invitation of Robert Brown, posits that Walter Spink's short chronologie... Read More
 18 May 2015 New Books
New Book:
Ajanta: The end of the Golden Age
By Walter M. Spink
Published by BRILL - 2005 - History

The twenty-nine Buddhist caves near Ajanta form a devotional complex which ranks as one of the world's most startling achievements, created at the very apogee of India's Golden Age. "Ajanta: Histo... Read More
 18 May 2015 Video
Video:
Canyon of Caves - Ajanta
A film by Joel Weber and Dominic Howes
Narrated by Walter M. Spink
Ph.D. (1954) Harvard

Watch this splendid HD video:

http://bit.ly/1c0N6eN

Walter M. Spink, Professor Emeritus, History of Art, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has published widely on ... Read More
 18 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Painting of Robert Gill at the caves of Ajanta, by William Simpson, watercolour on paper, India, 1862.

This painting depicts fellow artist Major Robert Gill (1804-79) copying wall-paintings inside the Buddhist Vihara (monastic) cave at Ajanta. In 1846 the Royal Asiatic Society had commissioned G... Read More
 17 May 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
Unseen Ajanta
By William Dalrymple
Outlook Magazine - November 24, 2014

The oldest classical Indian paintings, retrieved from time, and decay.

..."More exciting still, this earliest phase of work is not just very old, but very fine indeed and painted in a quite different style, and usi... Read More
 10 May 2015 Rare Photographs
Bombay Watson's Esplanade Hotel
By Samuel Bourne (England, 1834-1912)
Late 1860s
Photograph
Albumen print

Source: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Read More
 9 May 2015 Rare Photographs
Temple of Sankaragaureswara near the village of Pathan. View from south-east. Probable date A.D. 883 to 901.

Photograph of the Sankaragaurishwara temple at Patan in Jammu and Kashmir taken by John Burke in 1868. This photograph is reproduced in Henry Hardy Cole's Archaeological Survey of India R... Read More
 9 May 2015 Rare Photographs
Temple at Bhaniyar on the road between Uri and Naoshera. The temple probably dedicated to the goddess 'Bhawani,' the wife of 'Siva.' Probable date A.D. 500 to 600 (?)

Photograph of the temple at Buniyar, on the road between Uri and Naoshera, in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by John Burke in 1868. Thi... Read More
 9 May 2015 Rare Photographs
Shankaracharya Temple on the summit of Takht-i-Suleiman (Throne of Solomon), near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir - 1868

Photograph of the Shankaracharya Temple on the summit of Takht-i-Suleiman (Throne of Solomon), near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by John Burke in 1868. This view was rep... Read More
 10 Apr 2015 Rare Photographs
'Facade on the W. Side of the Nayakar Durbar Hill', from the photograph album by Capt. Linnaeus Tripe, 'Photographic Views in Tanjore and Trivady'; South India, 1858.

Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902) documented much of south India as official photographer to the Madras government (1856–1860). This... Read More
 10 Apr 2015 Rare Photographs
'The Tamukkam or Tamkam', from the photograph album by Capt. Linnaeus Tripe, 'Photographs of Madura: Part 1'; South India, 1858

This photograph shows a large residential building with trees surrounding it and a long lawn in the foreground.

Madura, India

'This is a building situated N. E. of t... Read More
 10 Apr 2015 Rare Photographs
'The East Gopuram of the Great Pagoda', from the photograph album by Capt. Linnaeus Tripe, 'Photographs of Madura: Part III', South India, 1858.

Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) documented much of south India as official photographer to the Madras government (1856-1860). His album Photographs of Madur... Read More