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On a smooth level piece of ground is erected a gnomon , ” which according to
some , “ should be of sixteen angulas in height , and of the same diameter at the
bottom ; the whole should be shaped like the leaf of an opening bud , D2 ON THE
be shaped like the leaf of an opening bud , tapering gradually from the bottom to
the top . ” " Around this a circle is drawn with a cord of twice the height of the
gnomon , by fixing one end of it to its base and carrying the other around it .
The whole shaft may be of the same form , or in pillars of other forms , than
square ; the bottom , middle , and top may be quadrangular , and the
intermediate spaces of other forms . “ If the whole shaft from bottom to top be
uniformly cylindrical ...
The general rule adopted by the Hindú architects in this respect , is , that the
thickness at the bottom , being divided into as many parts as there are diameters
in the whole height of the column , one of these parts is invariably diminished at
The breadth of the bottom of the spout is to be divided into five parts , and three to
be given to the breadth of the sloping extremity below . The whole spout being
divided into five parts , three to be given to the cugmala , * one to the padma , f ...
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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.