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Ajanta: Side Elevation of Dagoba. Cave XXVI

Ajanta: Side Elevation of Dagoba. Cave XXVI

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: WD2214

Item number: f.40

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of the sculpture of Dagoba, Cave XXVI, Ajanta from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings from the Buddhist Rock Temples at Ajanta.' The thirty magnificent cave temples of Ajanta are situated in a horse-shoe valley of the Waghora River in West India and consist of prayer halls (chaityas) and monasteries (viharas), built for the Buddhist community who lived there. The first group was excavated between the 2nd - 1st century BC.  After a period of more than six centuries, the excavations restarted around the 5th century AD in the Vakataka period. Cave XXVI dates from the late 5th century and is a chaitya hall with a columned verandah. The interior has a barrel vaulted roof with stone ribs arches above the central hall. The Buddha in front of the stupa is seated rather than standing and is framed by a straight lintel.

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