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Ellora: Details from Vishvakarma Cave

Ellora: Details from Vishvakarma Cave

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2215

Item number: f.22

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. Inscribed: 'Elura Visvarkarma.' 'Front of Gallery' (top), 'Part of Triforium' (centre), 'From Dagoba' (bottom)

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