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View from the left of the great horseshoe window over the entrance of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave IX, Ajanta

View from the left of the great horseshoe window over the entrance of Buddhist chaitya hall, Cave IX, Ajanta

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/20(2075)

Item number: 2075

Length: 11.7

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the façade of the Buddhist Cave 9 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. The caves consists of monasteries (viharas) and prayer-halls (chaityas) used by a community of Buddhist monks who resided there. Cave 9 is a chaitya hall from the 1st century BC. The façade has a large horseshoe-shaped window beneath which is a doorway and two windows surmounted by arches in relief. The Buddha figures are a later addition. The interior is divided in three aisles by plain octagonal columns and a hemispherical stupa is situated at the end of the apse. The cave has preserved some traces of painting.

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