Sculpture of the marriage of Shiva; below, a row of ganas. Ramesvara Cave (No. 2 1), Ellora
Artist: Taylor, Philip Meadows (1808-1876)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen-and-ink and wash drawing of the sculpture of the marriage of Siva and Parvati from the Rameshvara Cave at Ellora, by Philip Meadows Taylors, dated 1837. On the back there is an unfinished pencil sketch of a landscape. Inscribed on the front in ink: 'Marriage of Ram & Sita. Rameswur, Ellora.'
The spectacular site of Ellora is famous for its series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. The works were done under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the sixth and the ninth centuries. The Hindu cave of Rameshvara, excavated in the late sixth century, is famous for the beauty of its sculptures. This drawing depicts the scene of the marriage of Shiva and Parvati in the presence of the gods carved on the wall of the verandah. A row of ghanas, dwarf-like creatures is carved beneath the figures.