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Wall painting of the so-called zodiac (Wheel of Samsara) on left wall of verandah of Buddhist Vihara, Cave XVII, Ajanta

Wall painting of the so-called zodiac (Wheel of Samsara) on left wall of verandah of Buddhist Vihara, Cave XVII, Ajanta

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/5(537)

Item number: 537

Length: 13.3

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a wall painting in the Buddhist Vihara, Cave XVII at Ajanta, taken by Henry Cousens in c.1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Buddhist cave temples of Ajanta were excavated into a cliff overlooking the Waghora River in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Cave 17 belongs to a later phase of excavations from the end of the 5th century. This cave contains a rich cycle of paintings depicting the life of Buddha. Originally paintings covered all the walls and ceiling in the interior of this cave. The painting in this view is on the left wall of the verandah above the door to the cell. It represents the Wheel of Samsara, or Wheel of the cycle of Life.

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