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

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

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/20(2082)

Item number: 2082

Length: 12

Width: 19.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the verandah of the Buddhist vihara, Cave 14 at Ajanta, taken by Robert Gill in 1868. The thirty magnificent cave temples of Ajanta are situated in a horse-shoe valley of the Waghora river in West India and consist of prayer halls (chaityas) and monasteries (viharas) built for the Buddhist community who lived there. The first group was excavated between the 2nd - 1st century BC, and after a period of more than six centuries the excavations restarted around 5th century AD in the Vakataka period. Cave 14 was executed and left unfinished in the 5th century. The verandah has some plain and some ridged rectangular columns with horizontal bands on the shafts. The doorway is decorated with attendants and maidens and leads to the partly-excavated hall.

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