Sculpture on rock face to right of porch of Buddhist Chaitya Hall, Cave XIX, Ajanta
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Buddha images on the facade of the Buddhist Chaitya Hall, Cave XIX, 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 19 is an elaborate rock-cut chaitya hall belonging to a later group of the late 5th century. The external facade has a large horseshoe-arched window, above the entrance porch, flanked by figures of yakshas and Buddhas. This is a view of a relief carving of Buddhas on the rock face to the right of the porch.