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Ellora: Pilaster in Cave V

Ellora: Pilaster in Cave V

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1876

Shelfmark: WD2216

Item number: f.74

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of a pilaster from Cave V at Ellora from from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings, Elura Cave temples Buddhist and Brahmanical.' 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. Cave V, a Buddhist cave dating from the 7th century, is situated on the south end of Ellora. Cave V, used as a Buddhist monastery, has a long spacious hall and several residential cells. The hall is divided into three aisles by two rows of columns. The columns have part fluted shafts and cushion capitals with exuberant foliage. Along the sides there are 17 cells used as residences for the monks as well as a shrine area on each side of the cave. The two long lines of benches carved out of the floor were probably intended for the use of the monks when studying or dining. Inscribed: 'Elura - pilaster in Benched cave'

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