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Close view of entrance to main Chaitya Hall, Karli 2241a

Close view of entrance to main Chaitya Hall, Karli 2241a

Photographer: Sykes and Dwyer

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/23(2241a)

Item number: 2241a

Length: 29.6

Width: 24.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the entrance to the main Chaitya Hall at Karli, taken by Sykes and Dwyer around 1869. The Great Chaitya or prayer hall at Karli was excavated during the phase of early rock-cut architectural activity in India. A courtyard precedes the cave, with a huge 'simhastambha', a column with a bell shaped capital topped by four lions. The facade of the cave has a wide horseshoe-shaped window with ribs. The porch cave is adorned with very fine carvings depicting mithunas or amorous couples positioned between the three arched doorways. These sculptures date from 1st century BC to 1st century AD. This view is taken from the left, with the free-standing pillar in the foreground. On the right side of the court there is a modern Hindu shrine.

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