Click here to skip to content

Ajunta. Interior of Vihara No 17

Ajunta. Interior of Vihara No 17

Lithographer: Dibdin, Thomas Colman (1810-1893)

Medium: Lithograph, coloured

Date: 1839

Shelfmark: X590

Item number: 6

Length: 27.7

Width: 35.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 6 in James Fergusson's 'Illustrations of the Rock Cut Temples of India'. The wonderful paintings that decorate the Ajanta caves are unique in Indian art and provide an illustration of early Buddhist traditions in the country. Cave 17 in Ajanta is a vihara (monastery) dating from the late fifth century. It houses a large number of mural paintings illustrating Jataka legends, which relate stories of the lives of the Buddha. Fine frescoes decorate the cave's verandah and the colonnaded interior is filled with sumptuous paintings narrating dramatic tales such as the Sutasoma Jataka which tells of cannibalism.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites


Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: