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'Interior of the Caves of Elephanta'. Lithograph by Day & Son from Sir Harry Darrell's China, India and the Cape London, 1852

'Interior of the Caves of Elephanta'. Lithograph by Day & Son from Sir Harry Darrell's China, India and the Cape London, 1852

Artist: Darrell, Sir Harry Francis Colville (1814-1853)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1852

Shelfmark: P2436

Item number: 2436

Length: 29

Width: 39.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Lithograph of the interior of the Caves of Elephanta by Day & Son from Sir Harry Darrell's 'China, India and the Cape' published in London in 1852. The Shive temple on the small island of Elephanta, off the coast of Bombay, is celebrated as one of the greatest achievements in rock-cut architecture in India for the complexity of its plan. The temple dates from the 6th century, stands at 250 feet above sea level and measures 130 feet square. The interior of the cave is supported by a hypostyle hall, seen in this view. While the entrance to the north leads towards the great Trimurti, the eastern entrance leads towards the linga shrine. The temple is also flanked by two excavated courts to the east and west.

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