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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Ajanta: Photo 61

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The pattern establised in Cave 16 was repeated in all the late caves, including Cave 4, the biggest of the viharas. Note the tree goddess at the upper left. If your eyes are good, you may discern a chipmunk running midway up her staff. Scholars have taken this since the nineteenth century as a nice example of the technical mastery of Ajanta's later sculptors, who it seems had a sense of humor, too.

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