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Sculpture on the Dagoba, Cave XXVI, Ajanta

Sculpture on the Dagoba, Cave XXVI, Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(26)

Item number: 125126

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the sculpture on the Dagoba, Cave 26, Ajanta. The thirty magnificent cave temples of Ajanta are situated in a horse-shoe valley of the Waghora river in West India and consist of prayer halls (chaityas) and monasteries (viharas), built for the Buddhist community who lived there. The first group was excavated between the 2nd - 1st century BC. After a period of more than six centuries, the excavations restarted around the 5th century AD in the Vakataka period. Cave 26 dates from the late 5th century and is a chaitya hall with a columned verandah. The interior has a barrell vaulted roof with stone ribs arches above the central hall. The Buddha in front of the stupa is seated rather than standing and is framed by a straight lintel.

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