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Ajanta : history and development. Vol. IV, Painting, by Walter M. Spink

By Walter M. Spink

Ajanta:Year through 12 months is deliberate as a biography of this awesome website, beginning with the earliest caves, relationship from a few thousand years, to its startling renaissance within the short interval among nearly 462 and 480. targeting the excavations of the later interval, in the course of the reign of the Vakataka emperor Harisena, it makes an attempt to teach how, after a stunning hole of a few 300 years, Ajanta’s proud and pious courtly buyers and its more and more dedicated workmen created not just the best however the newest monument of India’s Golden Age. approximately 300 illustrations, in colour and black and white, show the exuberant flowering of Ajanta and comparable Vakataka monuments, in addition to the way in their surprising death

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The pillared court cells of Cave 19 were cut in 470/471. In fact, the “requirement” for the inclusion of such pillared complexes at the porch ends of all new caves, turns out to have a dramatic impact on the developments now going on in the western (Asmaka) section of See Volume V, Ch 5 (Cave 16), 187; (Cave 4), 65/66. For the somewhat unfinished (undecorated) complexes in Cave 7, see Volume V, Cave 7. 2 3 467 work continues in normal course 31 the site. We have seen that when Caves 21 and 23 were laid out in 466, it was assumed that each would have a simple single cell at either end of the porch.

He was sacrificing a hovel for a palace, and at the same time making it possible to house nearly three times as many monks in the new cave as would have been possible in the old. Of course Cave 24 was never finished, but that is a story for a later date. 468 AJANTA’S FIRST BUDDHA IMAGES In 468, the various caves gradually were reaching the point—even if none were yet completed—where the monks could move in. And happily, a workable, even if hardly ideal, mode of fitting the doors was now finally developed, after years of making just plain openings with no provisions for closure.

463/464/465 early developments and decisions 17 The only “nicety” to be commonly found in the earliest (or at least early) level in these caves are the quasi-decorative candrasilas—the semicircular steps—in front of certain cell doorways; and these are features that themselves go out of fashion a few years hence. 2 As for the fact that the porch pillars in some of these caves have elaborated capitals, as well as added decoration on their shafts, this too is surely due to later “improvements” that would not have been planned when the caves were first underway.

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