Standing Buddha & Stupa, Cave 19 | Photos of Ajanta Caves, India
A photo of the beautiful statue of the Buddha inside a stupa in Cave 19 at Ajanta.
In this elegant carving you can even see the Buddha's robes around the back of his legs. Cave 19 dates from 5CE.
There are a total of 30 caves in Ajanta containing paintings and carvings depicting incidents from the life of the Buddha.
They were carved out of the hillside by hand using only hammers and chisels.
The Ajanta caves were abandoned 1500 years ago and unknown for more than 1,000 years until 1919 when they were discovered by John Smith, a young British cavalry officer.
Smith was on a tiger hunt when he spotted the mouth of a cave high above the Waghora River. He scrambled up the cliff and entered the cave and encountered a great vaulted and colonnaded hall, its walls covered in faded paintings. Beneath a dome, a timeless praying Buddha fronted a mound-like shrine, or stupa.
We've put a black frame around the image as a presentation suggestion. The prints are supplied without a border.
Portrait format. The second (taller, thinner) image is the one you get.
A guide to approx sizes
A3: paper size 42x29.7cm, image size 40x28cm
A2: paper size 59.4x42cm, image size 57x40cm