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Ellora: Figures from Dumar Lena (left), Nilkanth (centre), and Cave XXIV (right)

Ellora: Figures from Dumar Lena (left), Nilkanth (centre), and Cave XXIV (right)

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1877

Shelfmark: WD 2217

Item number: f.33

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of sculptures from various caves 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. Illustrated on left is a Tandava from Dumar Lena, cave XXIX, which is located on a panel in the west end of the cave depicting a 'dance, said to be performed by Siva at eventide to the sound of musical instruments, with his hair loose, stamping with frantic energy, attended by his gana and Pisachas.' Illustrated in centre is Ganga standing on a crocodile from Cave XXII, Nilakantha located in the vestibule of the shrine. On right, is an 'injured figure of a River goddess' from Cave XXIX. Inscribed: 'Figure in the Tandava Dumar Lena Elura' (left), 'In Nilkanth left wall of Antechamber Elura' (centre), 'In small cave no XXIV Elura' (right)

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