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View from the right of façade of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XXVI, Ajanta

View from the right of façade of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XXVI, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(513)

Item number: 513

Length: 17.8

Width: 21

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the fa├žade of the Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave XXVI at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill in c1868-70, 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 chaitya hall belongs to a later group from the 5th century AD. It is large and elaborately decorated but considerably damaged. A columned verandah, now almost destroyed, extends across the facade. The facade is decorated by a large horse-shoe shaped window above a columned entrance, decorated with rows of carved figures of Buddhas.

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