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General view from the left of porch and entrance to Buddhist Vihara, Cave II, Ajanta

General view from the left of porch and entrance to Buddhist Vihara, Cave II, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(464)

Item number: 10004464

Length: 17.9

Width: 20.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the verandah of Cave II at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill around 1868-70. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River during two time periods; firstly, the

2nd–1st Century BC and secondly in the 5th Century AD. The caves are numbered 1-28 according to their location, not chronologically. They consist of monasteries (viharas) and prayer-halls (chaitya) used by a community of Buddhist monks who resided there. Cave II is a monastery from the late 5th Century which has some remarkable paintings. The verandah has small shrines at the two extremities with a seated Naga king with yaksha attendants on the left and Hariti with a child on the right. The cave has beautiful painted ceilings. This views shows the verandah and the doorway.

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