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Pilaster at right end of verandah, Cave XXIV, Ajanta

Pilaster at right end of verandah, Cave XXIV, Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(27)

Item number: 125127

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a pilaster at right end of verandah of Cave 24 at Ajanta, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1860s. 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. Cave 24 was left unfinished when the excavations were interrupted in the late 5th century. The pilaster from the verandah, as seen in this view, has a carved medallion with figures in the middle, ornate foliation and scrollwork and a half medallion at the top containing a makara, an aquatic monster.

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