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f.26 'Cave 29, Ellora. South Entrance. Dhurma Lena. 25 Sept.'

f.26   'Cave 29, Ellora.  South Entrance.  Dhurma Lena. 25 Sept.'

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1849

Shelfmark: WD1619

Item number: 26

Length: 32.5

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Wash and watercolour drawing of the south entrance of Dumar Lena, Cave 29, at Ellora, taken from an Album of 83 drawings; 80 of landscapes and antiquities in the northem Deccan, 2 portraits and 1 flower study made during a tour chiefly to Ellora, Rauza, Daulatabad, Aurangabad and Ajanta. September to November 1849. Although the artist is unidentified, these drawings are of some interest since they show the state of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves soon after the Royal Asiatic Society had brought them to the Company's notice in 1844. Robert Gill had been deputed to make a record of Ajanta in 1846 and was presumably on the spot when these sketches were made. Dhumar Lena is one of the earliest caves of the Hindu series and dates from the Kalachuri period, early 6th century, as denoted by the similarity between its columns and those at the Elephanta cave. Large-scale sculpted wall panels on the sides represent Shaivite myths. This drawing depicts one of the seated lions that guard the steps to the three entrances.

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