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Ellora: Front pilaster of north corridor Visvakarma Cave (left), column in front corridor of Visvakarma cave (right)

Ellora: Front pilaster of north corridor Visvakarma Cave (left), column in front corridor of Visvakarma cave (right)

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1876

Shelfmark: WD2216

Item number: f.4

Genre: Drawing

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Illustration of columns from the Visvakarma cave, Cave X at Ellora from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [of] Elura Cave Temples Buddhist and Brahmanical.' 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 front pilaster of N. Corridor Visvakarma Cave,' 'column in front corridor of Visvakarma cave'

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