Kondani Chaitya (from duplicate negative) [View from the right of the façade of Buddhist Chaitya Hall, Kondane Cave, Thane District.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the façade of the Buddhist Chaitya Hall at the Kondane Cave, Thane District, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1870s. Kondane, Pithalkora and Bhaja are the among the earliest rock-cut caves (late second/early first century B.C). Kondane Cave is the most literal imitation of a wooden construction, and much of its form is derived from Bhaja. The decoration of the facade consists of string courses and niches. Figural sculptures appears in only four panels on each side of the large central arch.