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General view of the middle series of caves, Ajanta

General view of the middle series of caves, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/20(2054)

Item number: 2054

Length: 12.4

Width: 19.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the stereoscopic view looking north-eastwards across the valley of the Caves of Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill in 1868. The 30 magnificent cave temples are situated in a horse-shoe valley of the Waghora river in West India and consist of prayer halls (chaityas) and monasteries (viharas), built for the Buddhist community who lived there. The caves were in use for about eight centuries, and can be divided into two groups according to the early Hinayana and later Mahayana phases of Buddhist art. The first group was excavated between the 2nd - 1st century BC, the second is dated to around 5th century AD. The viharas are arranged in clusters near the chaityas. The large central cave in this view with the horseshoe shaped entrance is Cave 10.

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