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Ellora: Plan of Cave XIX (top), Rameshvar, plan of door (bottom)

Ellora: Plan of Cave XIX (top), Rameshvar, plan of door (bottom)

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2217

Item number: f.11

Genre: Drawing

Plan of Cave XIX and an illustration of a door from Rameshvara, Cave XXI, at Ellora from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [of] Elura Cave Temples Brahmanical and Jaina, IIII.' The spectacular site of Ellora, in Maharashtra, is famous for its series of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky fa├žade of a cliff of basalt. The works were carried out under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the sixth and the ninth centuries. ?Cave XIX [illustrated on top] is a very irregular and much-decayed cave, with a wide entrance. The hall inside is 43 feet by about 32 feet deep, and the shrine is surrounded by a pradakshina passage.? Illustration at bottom depicts a door from Cave XXI. The Rameshvara cave dates from the late 6th century and is part of the Hindu group. The cave is famous for its beautiful and sensuous carvings. The outer columns of the verandah have brackets adorned with female figures and on the left wall there is a carving representing the personification of the river Ganga.

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