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Facade of Cave IV, Ajanta

Facade of Cave IV, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(15)

Item number: 125115

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the facade of Cave 4, 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 4, dating from the late 5th century is the largest monastery at Ajanta but was never completed. The verandah has eight octagonal columns and a cell at either end. Three doorways lead into the hall which has a few columns richly decorated. The shrine has a central teaching Buddha with Bodhisattva attendants.

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