Ellora. Jain [Buddhist] figures in the [Tin] Tal Cave
Photographer: Johnston, J.
Medium: Photographic print
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 façade 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.