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Ellora: Cave XXI Rameshvara

Ellora: Cave XXI Rameshvara

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2217

Item number: f.15

Genre: Drawing

Plan of Rameshvara cave, cave XXI, at Ellora from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [of] Elura Cave Temples Brahmanical and Jaina, IIII.' 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 basalt cliff. The works were done under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 6th and the 9th centuries. 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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