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[Sculptured figure of Indra seated on an elephant in a small cave in the courtyard of Jain Cave XXXII (Indra Sabha), Ellora.]

[Sculptured figure of Indra seated on an elephant in a small cave in the courtyard of Jain Cave XXXII (Indra Sabha), Ellora.]

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 40/(114)

Item number: 114

Length: 19.6

Width: 15.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a sculptured figure in the courtyard of Cave XXXII (Indra Sabha), at Ellora in Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1870s. The spectacular site of Ellora has a group of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples excavated into the face of a basalt cliff. Indra Sabha is the largest of the Jain series carried out under Rashtrakuta patronage in the 9th century. A simple gateway leads to a courtyard which contains a monolithic shrine with a pyramidal roof. The interior of this double storey cave has a columned mandapa or hall with niches on three sides and a sanctuary in the middle of the back wall. This view shows a carved figure of the god Indra seated on his elephant Airavata.

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