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View of the façade from the right of Buddhist vihara, Cave IV, Ajanta

View of the façade from the right of Buddhist vihara, Cave IV, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/20(2063)

Item number: 2063

Length: 12.2

Width: 18.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the façade from the right of the Buddhist vihara, Cave 4 at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill in 1868. 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 were restarted in the 5th century AD, a period of time which coincides with the Hinayana and Mahayana phases of Buddhist art. Cave 4 is two-storeyed and dates from the late 5th century. It is the largest monastery at Ajanta but was left unfinished. The verandah has eight plain octagonal columns and a cell at the two ends.

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