Ajanta [electronic resource] : history and development. Volume four, Painting, sculpture, architecture year by year / by Walter M. Spink.
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009.
- Handbuch der Orientalistik. Indien ; Zweite Abteilung, 18. Bd., 4. Abschnitt.
Handbook of oriental studies. Section two, India, 0169-9377 ; v. 18/4
1 online resource (374 p.)
- Ajanta Caves (India) -- History.
- Electronic books.
- Ajanta: Year by Year is planned as a biography of this remarkable site, starting with the earliest caves, dating from some two thousand years, to its startling renaissance in the brief period between approximately 462 and 480. Concentrating on the excavations of the later period, during the reign of the Vakataka emperor Harisena, it attempts to show how, after a surprising gap of some three hundred years, Ajanta’s proud and pious courtly patrons and its increasingly committed workmen created not only the greatest but the latest monument of India’s Golden Age. Nearly three hundred illustrations, in color and black and white, reveal the exuberant flowering of Ajanta and related Vakataka monuments, as well as the manner of their sudden demise.
- Preliminary Material / W. Spink
The earliest caves (c. 100 bce to c. 150 ce) / W. Spink
460 Ajanta’s Vakataka Renaissance conceived / W. Spink
461 Planning begun at the Vakataka courts and at Ajanta itself / W. Spink
462 Excavations begin at the site / W. Spink
463/464/465 Early developments and decisions / W. Spink
466 A signal year for innovations at the site / W. Spink
467 Work continues in normal course / W. Spink
468 Ajanta’s first Buddha images / W. Spink
469 (Early): The privileged Lesser caves’ shrines made (Lower 6, 7,11, 15) / W. Spink
Prime Minister Varahadeva’s cave 16 / W. Spink
469–471: King Upendragupta’s caves 17, 19, 20, 29 / W. Spink
469–471 (+475–477): The Emperor Harisena’s cave 1 flourishes / W. Spink
Evolution of cell doorway fittings from 468 through 471 / W. Spink
The hiatus (472–474): the period of conflict and Asmaka takeover / W. Spink
475–478 Asmaka control of the site / W. Spink
The impact of Bagh / W. Spink
Aspects of patronage / W. Spink
The decoration of the caves / W. Spink
The primacy of cave 1 / W. Spink
The cave 1 Buddha and the death of Harisena (Late 477) / W. Spink
The traumas of 478 / W. Spink
The period of disruption (479–480) / W. Spink
Late 480: The end of patronage / W. Spink
A brief appreciation / W. Spink
Plates 1–122 / W. Spink
Plans and charts / W. Spink.
- Vol. 6: by Walter M. Spink (text) and Naomichi Yaguchi (photographs).
Includes bibliographical references.
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