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Viraj Shah

Published by Agam Kala Prakashan (2008)

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About this Item: Agam Kala Prakashan, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Contents: Vol. I: Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. Description and chronology of caves. 3. Architectural and iconographic trends. 4. Site: Location and importance. 5. Cultural milieu of Jaina Caves: Socio-Religious background. 6. Conclusion. References. Glossary of architectural terms. Index. Vol. II: 77 Figures and 203 Plates. "The hilly region of Maharashtra on the Western Coast of India is famous for a long and rich tradition of rock-cut architecture with some of the famous and world-heritage Buddhist and Brahmanical cave-sites such as Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta. Compared to these, the Jaina Caves of the region, except those at Ellora, are little known. This book attempts to bring to light these less-known Jaina Caves, about seventy caves scattered over Western, Hilly areas and excavated over a span of 1500 years, from 1 Century BCE to 14-15 Century CE, with largest number excavated during 9 to 14-15 Century CE. It documents each Jaina cave of the region that has come to light so far, in minute details recording architectural, iconographic and stylistic features, provides an analytical chronological framework and places the caves in historical context by analyzing the cultural milieu of contemporary society and discussing the issues of patronage and continuance with cave architecture by the Jainas till as late as 14-15 Century CE. The placement of each cave-site within contemporary physical as well as cultural landscape is discussed. These Digambara Caves, following regional architectural trends, are quite plain and rough excavations, with the exception of a few decorative ones, but display a wealth of icons, this emphasizing very focused interests of the patrons. Excavated against the backdrop of reviving trade activities and varied socio-religious contexts of a changing society, these caves form an important evidence of later phase of rock-cut architecture, of which these are the only examples." (jacket). Seller Inventory # 68796

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