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Ajanta: Shrine Door Cave II.

Ajanta: Shrine Door Cave II.

Surveyor: Cousens, Henry (1854-193?)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: WD2213

Item number: f.21

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of a shrine door from Cave II at Ajanta from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings from the Buddhist Rock Temples at Ajanta.' The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd ? 1st Century BC. Cave II is a monastery which belongs to a later phase of excavations, to the late 5th Century. At both ends of the verandah there are small shrines. This view shows the facade of the shrine on the left with two pillars of amalaka capitals and shafts of alternating flutes and blocks carved with figures. There are three carved panels above: a seated Naga king with attendants, in the middle and seated Yakshas while in the two side panels. A rich floral frieze is carved in between the panels. The cave is particularly remarkable for its painted ceilings.

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