[Close view of carved work on pilaster in Hindu Cave XXI (Ramesvara), Ellora.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
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 façade 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.