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

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

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/20(2083)

Item number: 2083

Length: 12

Width: 19.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the fa├žade of the Buddhist vihara, Cave 15 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. After a period of more than six centuries, the excavations restarted around the 5th century AD in the Vakataka period. Cave 15 is a monastery excavated in the 5th century. The verandah has collapsed and disappeared apart from a solitary fallen column, revealing the inner wall of the porch and the central entrance doorway. The interior hall and the shrine are decorated with Buddha images.

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