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Ellora. Ravana ka Khai

Ellora. Ravana ka Khai

Photographer: Johnston, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 2/3(57)

Item number: 57

Length: 23.9

Width: 29.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Ravana ka Khai 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. The cave known as Ravana-ki Khai is single-storeyed excavation dating from the seventh century and consists of a square columned mandapa and a verandah. The facade has lost several of its piers revealing the large pillared hall behind. The columns of the hall have pot and foliage capitals and rectangular brackets. Figural panels include Shaivite sculptures on the south wall and Vaishnava images on the north wall.

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