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Ellora: Bodhisattva in Cave IX (left), Tara in Cave VI (right)

Ellora: Bodhisattva in Cave IX (left), Tara in Cave VI (right)

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2215

Item number: f.13

Genre: Drawing

Sculptures from the Buddhist Cave VI and IX at Ellora from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [from the] Report on the Elura Caves.' The spectacular site of Ellora, in Maharashtra, is famous for its series of Hindu, Buddhist 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 6th and the 9th centuries.Cave VI is a Buddhist vihara or monastery dating from the 7th century and is situated on the south end of Ellora. Cave VI consists of a central hall, two side halls, an antechamber, a main shrine, as well as several cells along the sides of the monastery. The illustration on right is of Tara from the north end of the antechamber of Cave VI. Cave IX also dates from the 7th century and is connected to Cave VI and consists of an open terrace with a shrine. Illustrated on left is a Bodhisattva from Cave IX. Inscribed: 'Elura first compartment in Cave IX' (left), 'Elura - N end of antechamber in Cave VI'

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