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General view of Ajanta Caves I-XV

General view of Ajanta Caves I-XV

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(12)

Item number: 125112

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a general view of Caves 1-15 at Ajanta. 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, a period of time which coincides with the Hinayana and Mahayana phases of Buddhist art. The caves are numbered 1-28 according to their location on the cliff and not chronologically. They consists of monasteries and prayer-halls used by the community of Buddhist monks who resided there. The later caves contain very rich sculptures and paintings which are unparalleled in the history of Indian art.

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