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Ellora: Pillar in Cave XVII (left), Pillar in Dumar Lena (right)

Ellora: Pillar in Cave XVII (left), Pillar in Dumar Lena (right)

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2217

Item number: f.31

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of pillars from cave temples 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. Illustrated on right is a pillar from Dhumar Lena, cave XXIX. This is one of the earliest caves of the Hindu series can be dated to the Kalachuri period of the early 6th Century, due to its similarity with the Elephanta cave. Illustrated on left is a pillar from Cave XVII. Cave XVII, also known as Chhota (small) Dhumar Lena, is part of the Hindu group of caves and dates to the late 6th century.

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