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View from the left of the façade of Buddhist vihara, Cave VII, Ajanta

View from the left of the façade of Buddhist vihara, Cave VII, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/20(2070)

Item number: 2070

Length: 12

Width: 18.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the façade of the Buddhist vihara, Cave 7 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 in the 5th century AD, a period of time which coincides with the Hinayana and Mahayana phases of Buddhist art. Cave 7 is a monastery from the late 5th century which consists of two small porticos with octagonal columns with fluted cushion capitals. The overhanging eave is decorated with carvings of horseshoe-shaped windows. There are small cells at the ends and the shrine in the middle of the rear wall contains a standing and a seated Buddha.

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