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Ellora: Pillar in Das Avatar (left), Pilaster in Cave V (right)

Ellora: Pillar in Das Avatar (left), Pilaster in Cave V (right)

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2215

Item number: f.23

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of a pillars from the Buddhist caves 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. The pillar illustrated on left is from Dashavatara, Cave XV, a Hindu cave temple dating from the mid-8th century. The pillar illustrated on right is from Maharwada, Cave V, a Buddhist cave temple dating from the 7th century. Inscribed: 'Elura' (left), 'Pilaster in Bauddha refectory' (right)

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