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Interior of the cave temple, Karlee.

Interior of the cave temple, Karlee.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 937/(11)

Item number: 93711

Length: 18.2

Width: 23.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of a cave temple at Karle (Karli) in Maharashtra, taken by an unknown photographer, from an album of 40 prints of the 1860s. Karli is the site of 16 rock-cut Buddhist temples or halls of worship (chaityas) and monasteries (viharas). The Karli caves, together with the cave-sites of Bhaja and Bhedsa nearby, contain some of the finest architecture and sculpture of ancient India and were funded by lay-devotees as can be ascertained from numerous inscriptions within them. The view is of the Great Chaitya of Karli with its high nave and two rows of octagonal pillars surmounted by elephant riders and stupa at the far end. The cave dates from the 1st century AD or earlier.

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