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Ellora. Jain [Buddhist] figures in the [Tin] Tal Cave

Ellora. Jain [Buddhist] figures in the [Tin] Tal Cave

Photographer: Johnston, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 97/(24)

Item number: 24

Length: 21.3

Width: 28.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of sculptures in the Tin Thal 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. Tin-Thal is a Buddhist excavation which dates probably from the 8th century. It consists of a broad forecourt with three superimposed halls extending deep into the cliff. The pillars are square and have simple bracketed capitals. The halls were used for congregational purposes and each contained a sanctuary with a seated Buddha and Bodhisattva attendants.

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