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Close view of portion of frieze between two of the arched doorways in the upper verandah of the Rani Gumpha, Udayagiri 1003417

Close view of portion of frieze between two of the arched doorways in the upper verandah of the Rani Gumpha, Udayagiri 1003417

Photographer: Cornish, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(417)

Item number: 1003417

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the upper verandah of the Rani Gumpha, Udayagiri, taken by William Henry Cornish in c.1892, Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Jain caves in the twin hills of Khandgiri, or Khandagiri, and Udayagiri, were excavated in the 1st century B.C during the Chedi dynasty of ancient Kalinga (now Orissa). The Rani Gumpha or the Queen's Cave is the largest of the series of caves. It has a double storey, with a spacious courtyard. A frieze of relief carvings fills the spaces in between the arches over the doors of the cells of the upper and lower storeys. This is a view of a section of the frieze representing a forest scene with a group of women confronting some elephants.

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