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Window with carved architraves in Buddhist Vihara, Cave IV, Ajanta

Window with carved architraves in Buddhist Vihara, Cave IV, Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(519)

Item number: 519

Length: 19.9

Width: 13.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a window in the Buddhist Vihara, Cave IV at Ajanta taken by Robert Gill in c.1880, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Cave 4 dates from a later phase of excavations from the late 5th century and is the largest monastery at Ajanta. It consists of a columned verandah with two cells at either end of the verandah. The hall is entered through three doorways, the central one is decorated with divine figures, guardians, couples and Buddhas. This view shows a window with foliation and two small figures carved on the frame.

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