Jain [sic. for Buddhist] figures in the 'Tin Tal' Cave [Ellora]
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Buddhist sculptures in the Tin Thal Cave at Ellora from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of Caves of Ellora and Dowlatabad Fort in H.H. the Nizam's Dominions' taken by Deen Dayal in the 1890s. The spectacular site of Ellora, in Maharashtra, is famous for its series of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. The works were done 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 which dates probably from about 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 brackets capitals. The halls were used for congregational purposes and each was provided with a sanctuary with a seated Buddha and Bodhisattvas. This view shows the row of seven seated Buddhas with flying figures above, carved on the walls of the antechamber entrance of the top floor.