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Facade of Cave V, Ajanta

Facade of Cave V, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(17)

Item number: 125117

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the facade of Cave 5, 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 5 is an unfinished vihara. The pillars of the verandah have square shafts with square capitals. The door has an architrave decorated with sculpted figures of Buddhas and attendants.

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