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[Close view of carved work on pilaster in Hindu Cave XXI (Ramesvara), Ellora.]

[Close view of carved work on pilaster in Hindu Cave XXI (Ramesvara), Ellora.]

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 40/(85)

Item number: 85

Length: 20.1

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the carvings on a pilaster in 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 fa├žade of a cliff of basalt. The Hindu cave Rameshvara dates to the 6th century and is renowned for its finely executed sculptures. The pilaster in this view has a square base carved with bands of floral motifs. Small figures of ghanas are seated at the corners of the octagonal section which is adorned with a medallion containing a seated couple.

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