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Pillar in the verandah of Buddhist Chaitya Hall, Cave XXVI, Ajanta

Pillar in the verandah of Buddhist Chaitya Hall, Cave XXVI, Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(529)

Item number: 529

Length: 20

Width: 13.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a pillar in the verandah of the Buddhist Chaitya Hall, Cave XXVI at Ajanta, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, 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. This large chaitya hall belongs to a later group from the 5th century AD. A columned verandah, now almost destroyed, extends across the facade in the courtyard before the cave. The columns are carved with bands of floral designs, kirttimukhas faces with ornate foliation and small figures of amorous couples as shown by the ruined column in this view.

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