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Close view of pilaster at right end of verandah of Buddhist Vihara, Cave XXI, Ajanta

Close view of pilaster at right end of verandah of Buddhist Vihara, Cave XXI, Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(525)

Item number: 525

Length: 20.2

Width: 12.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a richly carved pilaster at the right end of the verandah of the Buddhist Vihara, Cave XXI at Ajanta, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were first excavated into a crescent-shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Cave 21 belongs to a later series of excavation from the late 5th century. The verandah is ruined but the pilaster in this view shows delicate floral and animal decoration and elaborate medallions.

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