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General view from the right of porch and entrance to Buddhist Vihara, Cave XX, Ajanta

General view from the right of porch and entrance to Buddhist Vihara, Cave XX, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(496)

Item number: 10005496

Length: 17.5

Width: 20.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the exterior of the Buddhist Vihara, Cave XX at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill around 1868-70, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were first excavated in a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Cave 20 is a small monastery which belongs to a later phase of excavation at the end of the 5th century. The verandah columns are decorated with carvings on the capitals and bracket figures.

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