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f.30 Cave 21, Ellora. 'Three out of six of the outer columns of Rameshwur. 27 Sepr /49.'

f.30   Cave 21, Ellora.  'Three out of six of the outer columns of Rameshwur. 27 Sepr /49.'

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1849

Shelfmark: WD1619

Item number: 30

Length: 32.5

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Wash and watercolour drawing of the pillars of Rameshvara, Cave 21 at Ellora, 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.

The spectacular site of Ellora, in Maharashtra, is famous for its series of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky fa├žade of a cliff of basalt. The works were done under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the sixth and the ninth centuries. The Hindu cave of Rameshvara was excavated in the late 6th century and is famous for the beauty of its sculptures. This drawing depicts the sensuously carved female figures that adorn the brackets on either side of the verandah pillars.

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