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Sutar ki-Thompri cave [Visvakarma cave, Ellora]

Sutar ki-Thompri cave [Visvakarma cave, Ellora]

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/35(7)

Item number: 7

Length: 20.9

Width: 26.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the façade of entrance to the Vishvakarma Cave temple at Ellora, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of Caves of Ellora and Dowlatabad Fort in H.H. the Nizam's Dominions' taken by Deen Dayal in the 1890s. The spectacular site of Ellora, in Maharashtra, is famous for its series of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples excavated into the rocky façade of a cliff of basalt. The works were done under the patronage of the Kalachuri, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta dynasties between the sixth and the ninth centuries. The cave known as Vishvakarma (named after the architect of the gods) is a seventh century cave and one of the last rock-cut Buddhist Chaityas in Western India. The elaborate façade at the end of large open court has a pillared verandah which leads into the long interior with an open gallery above. The gallery's roof is carved into the imitation of a wooden one with ribs and rafters.

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