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

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

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/20(2101)

Item number: 2101

Length: 12.1

Width: 18.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the façade of the Buddhist vihara, Cave 23 at Ajanta taken by Robert Gill around 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 during the Vakataka period. Cave 23 was constructed at end of the 5th century. This cave is incomplete but the columns of the verandah are richly ornamented with foliation, scrollwork and jewelled bands and the capitals have small figures of ghanas carved supporting the brackets. The verandah has two side shrines.

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