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Ellora: Ravana Ka Khai, Cave XIV

Ellora: Ravana Ka Khai, Cave XIV

Draughtsman: Purshotam, Ganpat (fl. 1875)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1876

Shelfmark: WD2216

Item number: f.5

Genre: Drawing

Ravana ki khai cave, cave XIV, 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 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 cave known as Ravana-ki Khai is a single-storeyed excavation dating from the 7th century and consists of a square columned mandapa and a verandah. The facade has lost several of its piers revealing the large pillared hall behind. Large figural panels of Shaivite sculptures decorate the south wall and Vaishnava images ornate the north wall.

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