Ajanta by JamkhedkarAjanta by Jamkhedkar



Hardcover | January 1, 2009

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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 strikingcharacteristic 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 centresin Central Asia and China, as also those in Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, which have similar specimens, but from a later period.
A.P. Jamkhedkar is currently Director, K.J. Somaiya Centre for South and South East Asian Studies, Mumbai. Earlier he also served as Director of State Archaeology and Museums, Maharashtra.
Title:AjantaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195697855

ISBN - 13:9780195697858


Table of Contents

List of IllustrationPreface and Acknowledgements1. Introduction2. Patrons3. Religious Background4. Architecture of Viharas and Chaityas5. Themes: Sculpture and Painting6. Painting at Ajanta and its Technique7. Ajanta Caves8. Monuments Around9. MuseumsPractical Tips and InformationAppendixGlossaryBibliography