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Facade of Cave XXIV, Ajanta

Facade of Cave XXIV, Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(22)

Item number: 125122

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Cave 24 at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill in the 1860s. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd – 1st century BC and later in the 5th century AD. Cave 24 was left unfinished when the excavations were interrupted in the late 5th century. This photograph shows parts of the pillars of the verandah which are still standing. The pot and foliage capitals support brackets decorated with flying figures and medallions containing amorous couples. The shafts are also carved with medallions adorned with scrollwork and flutings with jewelled motifs.

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