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Ellora Caves. Tin Thal

Ellora Caves. Tin Thal

Photographer: Johnston, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 2/3(48)

Item number: 48

Length: 24.4

Width: 29.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Tin Thal cave at Ellora from the 'Lee-Warner Collection: 'Bombay Presidency. William Lee Warner C.S.' taken by J. Johnston in the 1870s. The site of Ellora is famous for its spectacular series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky fa├žade of a basalt cliff. The works were carried out under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the sixth and the ninth Centuries. Tin-Thal is a Buddhist excavation that is thought to date from the eighth Century. It consists of a broad forecourt with three superimposed halls extending deep into the cliff. The pillars are square and have simple capitals. The halls were used for congregational purposes and each was provided with a sanctuary with a seated Buddha and Bodhisattvas.

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