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Pillar in the verandah of Buddhist Vihara, Cave XXIII, Ajanta

Pillar in the verandah of Buddhist Vihara, Cave XXIII, Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(526)

Item number: 526

Length: 20.9

Width: 13.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a pillar in the verandah of the Buddhist Vihara, Cave XXIII 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. Cave 23 belongs to a later phase, from the end of the 5th century. The cave is incomplete but the columns of the verandah are richly ornamented. This view shows a column carved with foliated and jewelled bands; the capital has the shape of a compressed ribbed amalaka fruit with small figures of ghanas supporting the bracket above.

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