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Monumental Legacy Series : Ajanta

Arvind P Jamkhedkar

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ISBN 10: 0195697855 / ISBN 13: 9780195697858
Published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2009
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Contents Preface and acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Patrons. 2. Religious background. 3. Architecture of Viharas and Chaityagrihas. 4. Themes of sculpture and painting. 5. Ajanta Caves. 6. Museums in and monuments around Aurangabad. Practical tips and information. Glossary. Further reading. Appendix Genealogy of the Vakatakas. Situated about 106 kilometres from Aurangabad in Maharashtra the Ajanta caves are creations of about 700 years (200 BC AD 525). Discovered in 1819 Ajanta was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983. Adorned with exquisite sculptures and murals the caves represent the peak of Buddhist art in India. Part of the prestigious Monumental Legacy Series the book takes readers on an enthralling voyage of the thirty caves its patrons religious background architecture of viharas and chaityagrihas themes of sculptures and paintings and painting techniques. Providing detailed descriptions of the caves it gives graphic insights into contemporary life history of Buddhism and its transition from Hinayana to Mahayana form in India. Jamkhedkar highlights the importance of the Ajanta caves in understanding the antiquity and development of rock cut caves and the spread of Buddhism. The book also presents a succinct account of the monuments and museums around Aurangabad. The illustrations layout plans maps and photographs in this volume provide a comprehensive visual presentation of the site for visitors who will also find the glossary and practical tips useful. Lucidly written this book will be indispensable for general readers and informed tourists visiting the site. Students and scholars of history Buddhist and cultural studies and art and architecture will find the work interesting. 102 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 72970

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Title: Monumental Legacy Series : Ajanta

Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

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Situated about 106 kilometers from Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Ajanta rock cut caves are creations of about 700 years, roughly from 200 BC to AD 525. This glorious Buddhist art of the Deccan was discovered in 1819, and given a World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1983. The most striking characteristic of Ajanta art is that architecture, sculpture and painting--the three expressions of fine art--all articulate at one place. Ajanta paintings give us graphic insights into the history of Buddhism in India. The caves also help us reconstruct the interrelationship between such centers in Central Asia and China, as also those in Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, which have similar specimens, but from a later period.

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A.P. Jamkhedkar is currently Director, K.J. Somaiya Centre for South & South East Asian Studies, Mumbai. Earlier he also served as Director of State Archaeology and Museums, Maharashtra.

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