[Close view of pillar at entrance to Hindu Cave XXI (Ramesvara), Ellora.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a pillar at the entrance of Cave XXI (Rameshvara) at Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1870s. The spectacular site of Ellora has a series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. Rameshvara is a Hindu cave of the 6th century renowned for its finely executed, fully modelled sculptures. Large guardian figures stand on either side of the shrine, while at the end of the outer verandah there are large figural panels. This is a view of one of the female figures that are carved on the pillars of the facade.