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Ellora. Cave 21 (Ramesvara). Façade

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Title: Ellora. Cave 21 (Ramesvara). Façade
Author(s): Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Deccan-- Western Cave Temples-- Ellora-- Ellora - Cave temples 21-33;architecture;stone sculpture;slide set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Kailasnath [sic] marks the victory of Brahmanism over Buddhism at Ellora in terms of imagery, H. Zimmer has commented. It is true that Brahmanic cults continued to survive in India and were adapted into Buddhist and Hindu artistic repertoires whenver possible
however, in the south, the location of Ellora being the furthest north of the southern-influenced art centers, the Hindu-adopted deities received more attention than the Buddhist. Cave 21 (the Ramesvara) is a 7th century structure making use of the Hindu-Brahmanic imagery particularly associated with Siva. A marked gracefulness characterizes all the sculptures of the temple right up to the decorations of the capitals. Here, atop powerful columns, the earthen-pot and foliage motif has been reborn in a very refined style. Magnificent bracket figures and frieze sculptures add to the delicacy of the capitals. -- Detail of capital. Siva Temple (Brahman).
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1491


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