Close view of sculpture on right side of back wall of verandah of the small Buddhist Vihara, Bhaja Caves
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculpture from the small Buddhist Vihara at Bhaja Caves, taken by Henry Cousens in c.1880, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. At Bhaja, south of Karli, there are more than twenty rock-cut Buddhist monasteries from the Satavahana period. The vihara or monastery Cave 19 was excavated in the 2nd century BC. This view shows one of the guardian figures carved on the right side of the back wall of the verandah, near the two entrances of the cell, flanked by a pierced stone window. The carvings in this cave are some of the earliest examples of figural art in India.