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

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

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(502)

Item number: 10005502

Length: 17.7

Width: 21

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the porch and entrance of Cave 23 at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill around 1868-70, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Cave 23 is a monastery belongs to the end of the 5th century. The cave is partly incomplete but the columns of the veradah are elaborately carved with foliation, scrollwork and jewelled bands. The capitals are decorated with carved figures.

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