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Interior of Buddhist vihara, Cave VI, Ajanta 2067

Interior of Buddhist vihara, Cave VI, Ajanta 2067

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/20(2067)

Item number: 2067

Length: 11.6

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the interior of the lower storey of the Buddhist vihara, Cave 6 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 6 is a monastery from the late 5th century which was excavated on two levels. This view shows the lower hall which has sixteen octagonal columns arranged in four rows.

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