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View from the left looking along interior of verandah of the two storeyed Buddhist Vihara, Cave V, Ajanta

View from the left looking along interior of verandah of the two storeyed Buddhist Vihara, Cave V, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(474)

Item number: 10004474

Length: 17.7

Width: 21.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the verandah of Cave V at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill around 1868-70. 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. The caves are numbered 1-28 according to their location on the cliff and not chronologically. They consists of monasteries (viharas) and prayer-halls (chaitya) used by a community of Buddhist monks who resided there. Cave V is a small unfinished vihara dated to the 7th century AD. On the right of the verandah there is a cell. The only standing pillar of the verandah has a square base, an octagonal shaft and a broad capital. The door-frame is decorated with carvings and figures of divinities standing on makaras. The architrave is divided into six compartments with a pair of standing figures in each. In the lintel there is a figure of Buddha with attendants. Two colonnettes support the frieze in which are five chaitya window ornaments.

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