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Facade of rock-cut temple, Elephanta, Bombay

Facade of rock-cut temple, Elephanta, Bombay

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 394/(113)

Item number: 394113

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the temple on the island of Elephanta was taken to form part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. The great rock-cut temple at Elephanta dedicated to Shiva was excavated in the mid-sixth century. The square sanctuary containing Shiva's symbol, the linga, is entered through four doorways guarded by pairs of 'dvarapalas', large sculptured guardians figures. It is situated to the west of the large hypostyle hall, which has columns with squat tapering shafts and fluted cushion capitals.

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