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The participle ghaṭita as applied to windows

  • Michael D. Willis

The participle ghaţita (from the root ghaţ) has a wide range of meanings, but is quite restricted when applied to windows in a house or palace. Our purpose here is to clarify this specific usage by reference to texts and archaeological remains. As such, this note elucidates the cultural milieu of the term.

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1 Cowell, E. B. and Thomas, F. W., The Harṣa-carita of Bāṇa (Delhi, repr. ed. 1961), 138.

2 For vātāyana, see Coomaraswamy, A. K., ‘Indian architectural terms’, JAOS, 48, 1928, s.v.

3 Vogel, J. P., La sculpture de Mathura (Ars Asiatica xv, Paris, 1930), pi. XX. Also illustrated in Takada, Osamu and Ueno, Teruō, Indo Bijutsu (Tokyo, 1965), pi. 158; Miyaji, Akira, Indo bijutsu shi (Tokyo, 1981), fig. 61.

4 Agrawala, V. S., The deeds of Harsha; being a cultural study of Bāṇa's Harshacarita (Varanasi, 1969).

5 Coomaraswamy, A. K., ‘Indian architectural terms’, 250ȓ75.

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