Capital and part of column in verandah of Buddhist Vihara, Cave XXIV, Ajanta
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a capital and part of column in the verandah of the Buddhist Vihara, Cave XXIV at Ajanta, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, Archaeological Survey of Western India. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Cave 24 is unfinished and belongs to a later series of excavations from the 5th century AD. The verandah had elaborate pillars as shown from the broken one in this view. The shaft is decorated with bands of foliation and medallions containing animals. The capital is in the form of a pot with exhuberant foliage and the brackets are carved with groups of figures and flying celestial couples.