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Facade of Cave XXVII, Ajanta

Facade of Cave XXVII, Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(24)

Item number: 125124

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the facade of Cave 27, 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 27 dates back to the late 5th century. The facade is dominated by a large horse-shoe shaped window and a chaitya arch, imitating timber construction. There are carvings of Buddha on the wall and large standing Buddhas on the sides. The columned verandah is partly collapsed.

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