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Ellora: Transverse section of Vishvakarma Cave (left), Female heads, Head of Avalokitesvara, and Vajrapani (right)

Ellora: Transverse section of Vishvakarma Cave (left), Female heads, Head of Avalokitesvara, and Vajrapani (right)

Draughtsman: Raghoba, Jayrao (fl. 1875)

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2215

Item number: f.19

Genre: Drawing

Illustrations from the Vishvakarma Cave from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [from the] Report on the Elura Caves.' The spectacular site of Ellora is famous for its series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a basalt cliff. The works were done under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 6th and 9th centuries. Vishvakarma or Cave X (named after the architect to the gods) is a 7th century cave and one of the latest rock-cut Buddhist chaityas in Western India. Ilustrated on left is a transverse section of Vishvakarma Cave. Pictured on right are Female heads, head of Avalokitesvara, and Vajrapani. Inscribed: 'Cross section of Visvarkarma Elura' (left), 'From the Visvarkarma Cave Elura' (right)

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