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Ajanta: Cave IV cross sections

Ajanta: Cave IV cross sections

Surveyor: Burgess, James (1832-1916)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: WD2214

Item number: f.46

Genre: Drawing

Illustration of doors from Cave IV 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 IV dates from a later phase of excavations from the late 5th Century and is the largest monastery at Ajanta. It consists of a columned verandah with two cells at either end of the verandah. The hall is entered through three doorways, the central one is decorated with divine figures, guardians, couples and Buddhas. Inscribed: 'Front Door (top), Shrine Door (bottom)

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