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Ellora: Figure from Cave XXV (left), Sculpture from ceiling of Cave XXV(right)

Ellora: Figure from Cave XXV (left), Sculpture from ceiling of Cave XXV(right)

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2217

Item number: f.23

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of sculptures from Cave XXV 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 façade 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 XXV, is known by the names of Kumbarwada and Suresvara, is about 70 yards. The plan shows that behind a hall about 90 feet long, of which the front has fallen away, is a smaller one, 57 feet wide by 23 feet deep and 13 feet 10 inches high, with four square free-standing pillars in front and two in antis.? Illustrated on this folio are of a seated figure on a lotus with male and female flying figures on left and of Surya on right. ?On the roof of the antechamber is the figure of Surya, the sun-god, in his chariot, from which the temple derives the name of Suresvara.?

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