This is not a modern house, but a 5000 YEARS old house belonging to SindhuSaraswati civilization, from Mohanjo-daro). It’s an architecturally well planned rectangular 2 storey structure— named house 13.
It’s interesting to note how the ancient architecture has survived in India.
About the house:
- In the picture the room marked number 67 is an open to sky room, which is a concept that still exists in Rajasthan, Kerala and many states of India
- It’s large house with 4 courts, 10 rooms, 3 staircases, a porter’s lodge, and a well-chamber.
- The room marked “W” is where the well existed. This style of construction of houses with wells built next to kitchen, can be still seen in traditional houses across India.
- Room 76 is marked with X as it had fragmented pieces of ALABASTER (a white plaster). The below figurines from ancient Egypt and Rome are also made of Alabaster. So now we know something similar must have existed in room 76.
In his book “ Mohanjodaro” John Marshall writes about room no. 76, one of 28 rooms in this well-preserved building– “There is nothing that we know of in prehistoric Egypt or Mesopotamia or anywhere else in western Asia to compare with the well-built baths and commodious houses of the citizens of Mohenjodaro. One of the finds from this [room] consisted of fragments of a pierced lattice of alabaster which presumably filled the windows or ventilators at the top of the wall”.
Original text from the book describes the house as– “House 13 in the VS Area [of Mohenjo-daro] has a more elaborate plan . . . On its ground floor are four fair-sized courts, ten smaller rooms, three staircases, a porter’s lodge, and a well-chamber. The front is towards First Street, and here there are three entrances side by side, the principal one of which is plainly the middle, since this is the only one provided with a porter’s lodge. … Entering the house by the main door one finds oneself in a small vestibule (Room 68), with a porter’s lodge to the right and a second doorway directly opposite leading to the open Court 67. A feature of the porter’s lodge worth observing is the way in which the east wall is at once cleaver and practical, and shows, like many other features, that the architect must have given a good deal of thought to the planning of the house,”
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