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Exterior of the large Karlee Cave, with the resident musicians

Exterior of the large Karlee Cave, with the resident musicians

Photographer: Scott, Charles

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 960/2(3)

Item number: 96023

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Great Chaitya Hall at Karli with a group of musicians posed in front of the entrance, taken by Charles Scott in the late 1850s. 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. 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.

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