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

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

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(507)

Item number: 10005507

Length: 17.8

Width: 20.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the porch of Cave XXIV at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill in c.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 24 dates to the end of the 5th century. This monastery was planned on a large scale but was left unfinished. Most of the columns of the porch have fallen or are in a decrepit state but the parts still standing display rich ornamentation. The capitals are carved with flying figures and amorous couples and the shafts have bands with floral designs.

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