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Cave 11


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Stairwell opening showing the first floor.

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The large seated Buddha, his hand in bhumisparsa mudra, sits upon a throne which, like that in the right wing, is supported by crouching dwarfs. Again, the earth goddess lifts an overflowing pot, while to the right Aparajita triumphs over the Hindu god Ganesa. Again, projecting elephants appear at the base of the throne back. Quite surprisingly, the expected makaras appear both above the elephants and (conventionally) above the rearing vyalas, with their riders. The Buddha sits against a huge bolster, while flying couples converge from above.

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The large seated Buddha, his hand in bhumisparsa mudra, sits upon a throne which, like that in the right wing, is supported by crouching dwarfs. Again, the earth goddess lifts an overflowing pot, while to the right Aparajita triumphs over the Hindu god Ganesa. Again, projecting elephants appear at the base of the throne back. Quite surprisingly, the expected makaras appear both above the elephants and (conventionally) above the rearing vyalas, with their riders. The Buddha sits against a huge bolster, while flying couples converge from above.

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As in the right shrine, similarly massive figures of Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani attend the seated Buddha, while similar figures of seated Buddhas (at the upper level) and bodhisattvas (below) fill the lateral wall spaces. The disposition of the latter’s attributes is slightly different on the left, where the second figure, instead of the first, holds the sword.

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To the left of the seated Buddha is also seen seated Kubera on a lotus seat. A citron in his proper right hand, and what may be a stream of jewels emerging from his left. He is also seen with his weasel and his pot overflowing with coins along side a devotee below.

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A standing goddess with a long stemmed utpala appears on the right front wall.

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As in the right shrine, similarly massive figures of Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani attend the seated Buddha, while similar figures of seated Buddhas (at the upper level) and bodhisattvas (below) fill the lateral wall spaces. The disposition of the latter’s attributes is slightly different on the left, where the second figure, instead of the first, holds the sword.

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As in the right shrine, similarly massive figures of Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani attend the seated Buddha, while similar figures of seated Buddhas (at the upper level) and bodhisattvas (below) fill the lateral wall spaces. The disposition of the latter’s attributes is slightly different on the left, where the second figure, instead of the first, holds the sword.

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As in the right shrine, similarly massive figures of Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani attend the seated Buddha, while similar figures of seated Buddhas (at the upper level) and bodhisattvas (below) fill the lateral wall spaces. The disposition of the latter’s attributes is slightly different on the left, where the second figure, instead of the first, holds the sword.

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As in the right shrine, similarly massive figures of Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani attend the seated Buddha, while similar figures of seated Buddhas (at the upper level) and bodhisattvas (below) fill the lateral wall spaces. The disposition of the latter’s attributes is slightly different on the left, where the second figure, instead of the first, holds the sword.

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As in the right shrine, similarly massive figures of Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani attend the seated Buddha, while similar figures of seated Buddhas (at the upper level) and bodhisattvas (below) fill the lateral wall spaces. The disposition of the latter’s attributes is slightly different on the left, where the second figure, instead of the first, holds the sword.

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Buddhas seated above the bodhisattvas.

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To the left of the seated Buddha is also seen seated Kubera on a lotus seat. A citron in his proper right hand, and what may be a stream of jewels emerging from his left. He is also seen with his weasel and his pot overflowing with coins along side a devotee below.

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Doorway

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The right shrine of the second floor has a huge Buddha seated against a large bolster. He gestures in the bhumisparsa mudra, while the earth goddess presents a purnaghata from below, near the left yaksha squatting with raised arms, supports the throne. Buddha’s halo is backed by a carved tree which probably extended overhead; the raised area above must have been painted with the leaves. The projecting elephants at the base of the throneback are magnificently huge (about 5 feet) while the vyalas just above are also somewhat unusual, with their dwarf riders. Similarly the makaras are untypical, with their emergent lions, the expected scrolls being relegated to the space just over their heads. Large flying couples converge from above, on either side, as is by now conventional.

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The right shrine of the second floor has a huge Buddha seated against a large bolster. He gestures in the bhumisparsa mudra, while the earth goddess presents a purnaghata from below, near the left yaksha squatting with raised arms, supports the throne. Buddha’s halo is backed by a carved tree which probably extended overhead; the raised area above must have been painted with the leaves. The projecting elephants at the base of the throneback are magnificently huge (about 5 feet) while the vyalas just above are also somewhat unusual, with their dwarf riders. Similarly the makaras are untypical, with their emergent lions, the expected scrolls being relegated to the space just over their heads. Large flying couples converge from above, on either side, as is by now conventional.

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The right shrine of the second floor has a huge Buddha seated against a large bolster. He gestures in the bhumisparsa mudra, while the earth goddess presents a purnaghata from below, near the left yaksha squatting with raised arms, supports the throne. Buddha’s halo is backed by a carved tree which probably extended overhead; the raised area above must have been painted with the leaves. The projecting elephants at the base of the throneback are magnificently huge (about 5 feet) while the vyalas just above are also somewhat unusual, with their dwarf riders. Similarly the makaras are untypical, with their emergent lions, the expected scrolls being relegated to the space just over their heads. Large flying couples converge from above, on either side, as is by now conventional.

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The right shrine of the second floor has a huge Buddha seated against a large bolster. He gestures in the bhumisparsa mudra, while the earth goddess presents a purnaghata from below, near the left yaksha squatting with raised arms, supports the throne. Buddha’s halo is backed by a carved tree which probably extended overhead; the raised area above must have been painted with the leaves. The projecting elephants at the base of the throneback are magnificently huge (about 5 feet) while the vyalas just above are also somewhat unusual, with their dwarf riders. Similarly the makaras are untypical, with their emergent lions, the expected scrolls being relegated to the space just over their heads. Large flying couples converge from above, on either side, as is by now conventional.

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The right shrine of the second floor has a huge Buddha seated against a large bolster. He gestures in the bhumisparsa mudra, while the earth goddess presents a purnaghata from below, near the left yaksha squatting with raised arms, supports the throne. Buddha’s halo is backed by a carved tree which probably extended overhead; the raised area above must have been painted with the leaves. The projecting elephants at the base of the throneback are magnificently huge (about 5 feet) while the vyalas just above are also somewhat unusual, with their dwarf riders. Similarly the makaras are untypical, with their emergent lions, the expected scrolls being relegated to the space just over their heads. Large flying couples converge from above, on either side, as is by now conventional.

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The huge Avalokitesvara figure at the left of the seated Buddha holds a huge expanded lotus, and has a towering jata headdress and huge cauri. The projecting form over his proper left shoulder may have been the beginning of an antelope skin, completed in plaster. The equally impressive Vajrapani at the right holds a vajra on a long stemmed utpala, his lowered hand resting on a massive coil of garment. The proper right hand holds the chauri. Six seated Buddhas—three on each side occupy the upper level of the left and right walls, their gestures alternating between dharmacakra and dhyana mudras. Beneath, lifesize bodhisattvas (seen here) stand on double lotus pedestals, holding their various attributes, some now broken away.

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The huge Avalokitesvara figure at the left of the seated Buddha holds a huge expanded lotus, and has a towering jata headdress and huge cauri. The projecting form over his proper left shoulder may have been the beginning of an antelope skin, completed in plaster. The equally impressive Vajrapani at the right holds a vajra on a long stemmed utpala, his lowered hand resting on a massive coil of garment. The proper right hand holds the chauri. Six seated Buddhas—three on each side occupy the upper level of the left and right walls, their gestures alternating between dharmacakra and dhyana mudras. Beneath, lifesize bodhisattvas (seen here) stand on double lotus pedestals, holding their various attributes, some now broken away.

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The huge Avalokitesvara figure at the left of the seated Buddha holds a huge expanded lotus, and has a towering jata headdress and huge cauri. The projecting form over his proper left shoulder may have been the beginning of an antelope skin, completed in plaster. The equally impressive Vajrapani at the right holds a vajra on a long stemmed utpala, his lowered hand resting on a massive coil of garment. The proper right hand holds the chauri. Six seated Buddhas—three on each side occupy the upper level of the left and right walls, their gestures alternating between dharmacakra and dhyana mudras. Beneath, lifesize bodhisattvas stand on double lotus pedestals, holding their various attributes, some now broken away.

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The huge Avalokitesvara figure at the left of the seated Buddha holds a huge expanded lotus, and has a towering jata headdress and huge cauri. The projecting form over his proper left shoulder may have been the beginning of an antelope skin, completed in plaster. The equally impressive Vajrapani at the right holds a vajra on a long stemmed utpala, his lowered hand resting on a massive coil of garment. The proper right hand holds the chauri. Six seated Buddhas—three on each side occupy the upper level of the left and right walls, their gestures alternating between dharmacakra and dhyana mudras. Beneath, lifesize bodhisattvas stand on double lotus pedestals, holding their various attributes, some now broken away.

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The huge Avalokitesvara figure at the left of the seated Buddha holds a huge expanded lotus, and has a towering jata headdress and huge cauri. The projecting form over his proper left shoulder may have been the beginning of an antelope skin, completed in plaster. The equally impressive Vajrapani at the right holds a vajra on a long stemmed utpala, his lowered hand resting on a massive coil of garment. The proper right hand holds the chauri. Six seated Buddhas—three on each side occupy the upper level of the left and right walls, their gestures alternating between dharmacakra and dhyana mudras. Beneath, lifesize bodhisattvas stand on double lotus pedestals, holding their various attributes, some now broken away.

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The huge Avalokitesvara figure at the left of the seated Buddha holds a huge expanded lotus, and has a towering jata headdress and huge cauri. The projecting form over his proper left shoulder may have been the beginning of an antelope skin, completed in plaster. The equally impressive Vajrapani at the right holds a vajra on a long stemmed utpala, his lowered hand resting on a massive coil of garment. The proper right hand holds the chauri. Six seated Buddhas—three on each side occupy the upper level of the left and right walls, their gestures alternating between dharmacakra and dhyana mudras. Beneath, lifesize bodhisattvas stand on double lotus pedestals, holding their various attributes, some now broken away.

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The huge Avalokitesvara figure at the left of the seated Buddha holds a huge expanded lotus, and has a towering jata headdress and huge cauri. The projecting form over his proper left shoulder may have been the beginning of an antelope skin, completed in plaster. The equally impressive Vajrapani at the right holds a vajra on a long stemmed utpala, his lowered hand resting on a massive coil of garment. The proper right hand holds the chauri. Six seated Buddhas—three on each side occupy the upper level of the left and right walls, their gestures alternating between dharmacakra and dhyana mudras. Beneath, lifesize bodhisattvas stand on double lotus pedestals, holding their various attributes, some now broken away.

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Earth goddess lifts an overflowing pot at the base of the throne.

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Seated dwarf with raised arms holding up Buddha's throne.

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Seated dwarf with raised arms holding up Buddha's throne, while Earth goddess holds up an overflowing pot.

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Seated dwarf with raised arms holding up Buddha's throne, while Earth goddess holds up an overflowing pot.

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The deep two-pillared shrine area at the center of the central shrine floor is lit by two windows. Buddha seated on the lion throne, with his proper right hand "touching the earth" (bhumisparsa mudra). Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with a lotus and Amitabha in his headdress, and Vajrapani, with a crown and vajra, stand at left and right. Single celestials with garlands converge upon the image from above. The throneback has the conventional elephant-vyala-makara combination. The same "earth-touching" Buddha is figured in similar shrines both to left and right.

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The deep two-pillared shrine area at the center of the central shrine floor is lit by two windows.

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Buddha seated on the lion throne, with his proper right hand "touching the earth" (bhumisparsa mudra). Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with a lotus and Amitabha in his headdress, and Vajrapani, with a crown and vajra, stand at left and right. Single celestials with garlands converge upon the image from above. The throneback has the conventional elephant-vyala-makara combination. The same "earth-touching" Buddha is figured in similar shrines both to left and right.

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Buddha seated on the lion throne, with his proper right hand "touching the earth" (bhumisparsa mudra). Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with a lotus and Amitabha in his headdress, and Vajrapani, with a crown and vajra, stand at left and right. Single celestials with garlands converge upon the image from above. The throneback has the conventional elephant-vyala-makara combination. The same "earth-touching" Buddha is figured in similar shrines both to left and right.

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Buddha seated on the lion throne, with his proper right hand "touching the earth" (bhumisparsa mudra). Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with a lotus and Amitabha in his headdress, and Vajrapani, with a crown and vajra, stand at left and right. Single celestials with garlands converge upon the image from above. The throneback has the conventional elephant-vyala-makara combination. The same "earth-touching" Buddha is figured in similar shrines both to left and right.

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Buddha seated on the lion throne, with his proper right hand "touching the earth" (bhumisparsa mudra). Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with a lotus and Amitabha in his headdress, and Vajrapani, with a crown and vajra, stand at left and right. Single celestials with garlands converge upon the image from above. The throneback has the conventional elephant-vyala-makara combination. The same "earth-touching" Buddha is figured in similar shrines both to left and right.

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Buddha seated on the lion throne, with his proper right hand "touching the earth" (bhumisparsa mudra). Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with a lotus and Amitabha in his headdress, and Vajrapani, with a crown and vajra, stand at left and right. Single celestials with garlands converge upon the image from above. The throneback has the conventional elephant-vyala-makara combination. The same "earth-touching" Buddha is figured in similar shrines both to left and right.

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Buddha seated on the lion throne, with his proper right hand "touching the earth" (bhumisparsa mudra). Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with a lotus and Amitabha in his headdress, and Vajrapani, with a crown and vajra, stand at left and right. Single celestials with garlands converge upon the image from above. The throneback has the conventional elephant-vyala-makara combination. The same "earth-touching" Buddha is figured in similar shrines both to left and right.

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The deep chamber at the right end of the front aisle of the second floor, entered via a finely designed but unfinished archway has a Buddha on a high undecorated throne base, showing dharmacakra mudra.

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The deep chamber at the right end of the front aisle of the middle floor, entered via a finely designed but unfinished archway has a Buddha on a high undecorated throne base, showing dharmacakra mudra. Single male celestials fly above. Avalokitesvara appears on the left, with Amitabha in his jata headdress and an open lotus, while Vajrapani with a long stemmed flower on the right.

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The deep chamber at the right end of the front aisle of the middle floor, entered via a finely designed but unfinished archway has a Buddha on a high undecorated throne base, showing dharmacakra mudra. Single male celestials fly above. Avalokitesvara appears on the left, with Amitabha in his jata headdress and an open lotus, while Vajrapani with a long stemmed flower on the right. There are three female and three male bodhisattvas at the left and right respectively, all wearing high and elaborate headdresses.

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The deep chamber at the right end of the front aisle of the middle floor, entered via a finely designed but unfinished archway has a Buddha on a high undecorated throne base, showing dharmacakra mudra. Single male celestials fly above. Avalokitesvara appears on the left, with Amitabha in his jata headdress and an open lotus, while Vajrapani with a long stemmed flower on the right. There are three female and three male bodhisattvas at the left and right respectively, all wearing high and elaborate headdresses.

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The deep chamber at the right end of the front aisle of the middle floor, entered via a finely designed but unfinished archway has a Buddha on a high undecorated throne base, showing dharmacakra mudra. Single male celestials fly above. Avalokitesvara appears on the left, with Amitabha in his jata headdress and an open lotus, while Vajrapani with a long stemmed flower on the right. There are three female and three male bodhisattvas at the left and right respectively, all wearing high and elaborate headdresses.

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The deep chamber at the right end of the front aisle of the middle floor, entered via a finely designed but unfinished archway has a Buddha on a high undecorated throne base, showing dharmacakra mudra. Single male celestials fly above. Avalokitesvara appears on the left, with Amitabha in his jata headdress and an open lotus, while Vajrapani with a long stemmed flower on the right. There are three female and three male bodhisattvas at the left and right respectively, all wearing high and elaborate headdresses.

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Second floor - relief panels left of shrine doorway - Cunda

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Second floor - corridor

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Second floor corridor

Overlooking the stairwell leading down to the first floor

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Second floor corridor

Overlooking the stairwell leading down to the first floor

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Seated Buddha - central shrine, second floor

Buddha seated on the lion throne, with his proper right hand "touching the earth" (bhumisparsa mudra). Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, with a lotus and Amitabha in his headdress, and Vajrapani, with a crown and vajra, stand at left and right. Single celestials with garlands converge upon the image from above. The throneback has the conventional elephant-vyala-makara combination. The same "earth-touching" Buddha is figured in similar shrines both to left and right.

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Bodhisattvas

The deep chamber at the right end of the front aisle of the middle floor, entered via a finely designed but unfinished archway has a Buddha on a high undecorated throne base, showing dharmacakra mudra. Single male celestials fly above. Avalokitesvara appears on the left, with Amitabha in his jata headdress and an open lotus, while Vajrapani with a long stemmed flower on the right. There are three female and three male bodhisattvas at the left and right respectively, all wearing high and elaborate headdresses.

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Second floor - rear end shrine

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Second floor - rear end shrine with seated Buddha

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Seated Buddha - First floor

At the center of the first floor's front aisle an assertively projecting Buddha in a shallow shrine is seated in the pose of meditation. His lion throne, a scalloped throne cloth over its base, has the conventional throneback motifs above: elephants, vyalas, and makaras, the latter spouting scrolling foliage. He is flanked by the bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara (with lotus and Buddha in jata headdress), and a crowned Vajrapani. The latter holds a curiously warped vajra in his hand; some problem in the rock must have been responsible for this. Flying couples - crowded by the bodhisattvas' haloes--converge upon the image from above.

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Seated Buddha - First floor

At the center of the first floor's front aisle an assertively projecting Buddha in a shallow shrine is seated in the pose of meditation. His lion throne, a scalloped throne cloth over its base, has the conventional throneback motifs above: elephants, vyalas, and makaras, the latter spouting scrolling foliage. He is flanked by the bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara (with lotus and Buddha in jata headdress), and a crowned Vajrapani. The latter holds a curiously warped vajra in his hand; some problem in the rock must have been responsible for this. Flying couples - crowded by the bodhisattvas' haloes--converge upon the image from above.

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Kubera - second floor

To the left of the seated Buddha is also seen seated Kubera on a lotus seat. A citron in his proper right hand, and what may be a stream of jewels emerging from his left. He is also seen with his weasel and his pot overflowing with coins along side a devotee below.

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Bodhisattvas - Second floor

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Kubera - detail - Second floor

To the left of the seated Buddha is also seen seated Kubera on a lotus seat. A citron in his proper right hand, and what may be a stream of jewels emerging from his left. He is also seen with his weasel and his pot overflowing with coins along side a devotee below.

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Avalokitesvar

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Dwarf figure and Earth goddess holding overflowing pot - detail - second floor

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Aparajita - Second floor

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Doorway detail - Second floor

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Seated Buddha - Second floor

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Seated Buddha - Second floor

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Seated Buddha - Second floor

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Opening for Stairwell from Second floor to first floor

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Second floor corridor

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