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Interior of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave X, Ajanta 10004483

Interior of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave X, Ajanta 10004483

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(483)

Item number: 10004483

Length: 17.7

Width: 21.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of a Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave X, Ajanta taken by Robert Gill c.1868-70. Ajanta is situated in the modern state of Maharashtra. At Ajanta, there are nearly thirty rock-cut temples set into a cliff in a bend in the Waghora river. The temples were found by accident by Captain John Smith on a hunting trip but were not documented properly until the middle of the nineteenth century. Cave 10 is an early chaitya hall, a Buddhist place of worship, which was excavated in the 2nd Century BC. The apsidal-ended interior is divided into three aisles by plain octagonal columns. The central aisle has a vaulted ceiling. The votive stupa at the end of the cave has a double-storey drum.

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