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Facade of Ajanta Cave II

Facade of Ajanta Cave II

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(14)

Item number: 125114

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the facade of Cave 2, at Ajanta. The thirty magnificent cave temples of Ajanta are situated in a horse-shoe valley of the Waghora river in West India and consist of prayer halls (chaityas) and monasteries (viharas), built for the Buddhist community who lived there. The first group was excavated between the 2nd - 1st century BC. After a period of more than six centuries, the excavations restarted around the 5th century AD in the Vakataka period. Cave 2, from the late 5th Century, is a monastery with numerous beautiful paintings preserved. A verandah with cells and porches at either end has three doorways leading into the hall. The column shafts have decorated bands around them.

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