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Some of the western authors have traced a certain resemblance in the leading
features of the buildings in Egypt and India, and have thence concluded that
there has very early been a communication of architectural knowledge between
“A plough,” says the author, “must be made of the chadira,” nimba,t or of the wood
of any other milky tree. It must be from one to one and a half hasta in length, with
a tapering point resembling the leaf of a bambu, furnished with a share of three, ...
Then, from each of these two points, and with a radius equal to the distance
between them, describe two more circles cutting each other, and resembling (in
their points of intersection) the head and tail of a fish, between which draw a right
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.
(3) literally means the neck; and when employed in pedestals, it is made very
high, and resembles the dado, but every where else it serves as a sort of neutral
member, from which the projections of the rest of the mouldings are measured.
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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.