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Ellora: Plan of Cave XX

Ellora: Plan of Cave XX

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2217

Item number: f.13

Genre: Drawing

Plan of Cave XX, a Hindu cave temple 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 XX is little more than a shrine, with a wide passage round it, or a hall 37 feet wide by 30 feet deep in the middle, of which a block has been left 20 feet by 16 hewn into a shine? On a platform outside is a square base, either for a dhvajastambha or the remains of a pedestal for a Nandi. Lower down by 6 or 8 feet, and farther back, is another small platform.?

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