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Interior of verandah from the left of Buddhist vihara, Cave II, Ajanta

Interior of verandah from the left of Buddhist vihara, Cave II, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/20(2062)

Item number: 2062

Length: 12.3

Width: 18.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the interior of the verandah of the Buddhist vihara, Cave 2 at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill in 1868. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd – 1st century BC and later in the 5th century AD, a period of time which coincides with the Hinayana and Mahayana phases of Buddhist art. Cave 2 is a monastery from the late 5th century which has preserved some remarkable paintings. The verandah is supported by pillars with fluted shafts ornamented with floral bands. At both end of the verandah there are small shrines with a seated naga king accompanied by yaksha attendants on the left and Hariti with a child on the right. The ceiling of the verandah is painted with floral and geometrical designs and various figures.

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