[Sculptured panel of Shiva and Parvati playing dice, Hindu Cave XXI (Ramesvara), Ellora.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculptured panel from Cave XXI (Rameshvara), Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1870s. The spectacular site of Ellora is renowned for its series of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. The works were carried out under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the 6th and 9th centuries. The Hindu Cave Rameshvara dates to the late 6th century. The facade is adorned with finely executed sculptures. The panel in this view is on the rear wall of the verandah and represents Shiva and Parvati playing dice with Nandi, their bull, carved in the lower register.