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Buddhist Cave XXVI and head of ravine, Ajanta

Buddhist Cave XXVI and head of ravine, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(460)

Item number: 10004460

Length: 18.1

Width: 20.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the verandah of Cave I at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill around 1868-70. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River during two time periods; firstly, the

2nd–1st Century BC and secondly, during the 5th Century AD. The caves are numbered 1-28 according to their location, not chronologically. They consist of monasteries (viharas) and prayer-halls (chaitya) used by a community of Buddhist monks who resided there. The later caves are very rich in sculpture and paintings. This is a view looking south west and a number of the caves can just be made out towards the right of the photograph. The arched entrance to Cave XXVI is the most visible of the caves from this angle. This cave is a chaitya with a columned verandah and a large carving of a reclining Buddha.

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