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Verandah of the small Buddhist Vihara, Bhaja Caves

Verandah of the small Buddhist Vihara, Bhaja Caves

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(595)

Item number: 594

Length: 21.5

Width: 26.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a small Buddhist vihara, at Bhaja, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. There are more than twenty rock-cut Buddhist monasteries at Bhaja, south of Karli. They were excavated during the phase of early rock-cut architectural activity in India, in the Satavahana period. This view shows the verandah and fa├žade of the vihara, or monastery, in Cave 19 which was excavated in the 2nd century BC. The walls near the two entrances are carved with guardian figures; there is also a pierced stone window to the right. These sculptures are among the earliest examples of Buddhist art in the Deccan.

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