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Ellora. Jain figures in Rameshwar Cave

Ellora. Jain figures in Rameshwar Cave

Photographer: Johnston, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 97/(9)

Item number: 9

Length: 20.1

Width: 29

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the carved figures in the Rameshvara cave at Ellora, taken by J. Johnston in the 1870s. 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. Other large panels adorn the cave.

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