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Interior of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XXVI, Ajanta: pillars on left side of nave

Interior of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XXVI, Ajanta: pillars on left side of nave

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(517)

Item number: 517

Length: 23.9

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of the Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XXVI at Ajanta, taken by Henry Cousens around 1880, 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. This large chaitya hall belongs to a later group from the 5th century AD. The interior of the cave has two rows of fluted columns decorated with bands of floral patterns. This view shows the pillars on left side of the nave. The amalaka-shaped capitals support brackets decrated with flying couples and scenes from the life of Buddha. Carved figures of Buddha decorate the walls above the pillars.

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