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Ajanta: Figure in a cell below Cave XVI

Ajanta: Figure in a cell below Cave XVI

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: WD2214

Item number: f.7

Genre: Drawing

Figure of Naga Raja from the Buddhist Vihara, Cave XVI at Ajanta, from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings from the Buddhist Rock Temples at Ajanta.' Cave XVI is one of the finest Buddhist caves at Ajanta dating to the 5th Century AD. This view shows the front aisle of the chaitya hall. Plain octagonal columns stand below a ceiling carved to imitate wooden beams, with ends supported by ganas, musicians and flying couples. The shrine contains an image of teaching Buddha seated on a lion throne. Some of the wall paintings inside the hall still survive. "The Nagaraja in the shrine below the front of this cave is represented with a mukuta or head-dress, having a frilled circular ornament behind, which bears a close resemblance to the like objects in the images in the Badami caves, which belong to the second half of the sixth century."

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