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The second chapter of the Manasára treats of the qualities of an architect ( Silpi
lacshanam ) ; and as preliminary thereto , of the origin of artists of the several
kinds , and which is traced to Visuacarma the heavenly architect . This personage
The principal qualifications of an architect consist in a knowledge of various
branches of learning , such as arithmetic ... Nor are these qualifications
altogether unlike those which Vitruvius and other western architects have
prescribed as ...
Western architects consider the base , not as a distinct member , but as a
constituent part of the column ; and this is not altogether at variance with the
practice of the Hindú architects , for they likewise include the base and capital in
taking the ...
partly concave ; and its section is composed of two opposite curves , meeting at
the bisecting point of a line drawn between the points of recess and projection ,
and very much resembling the cima recta and reversa of the western architects .
Hindú architects have invariably taken the dimensions of their pedestals from
those of the bases to which they are attached ; but as to the number of parts to be
given to the height of pedestals , with reference to the number of parts contained
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Ram Raz: Essay on the Architecture of the Hindús / by Rám Ráz. - London : Parker, 1834. - xiv, 64 S. : Ill. - (Oriental Translation Fund) Die bibliographische Beschreibung im Haupteintrag ist unzureichend und irreführend.