By Walter M. Spink
Ajanta:Year through yr is deliberate as a biography of this extraordinary web site, beginning with the earliest caves, relationship from a few thousand years, to its startling renaissance within the short interval among nearly 462 and 480. focusing on the excavations of the later interval, through the reign of the Vakataka emperor Harisena, it makes an attempt to teach how, after a shocking 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 most recent monument of India’s Golden Age. approximately 300 illustrations, in colour and black and white, demonstrate the exuberant flowering of Ajanta and comparable Vakataka monuments, in addition to the way in their surprising death
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However, if this is true, then the stone reserved for the stupa, in the center of the shrine, was recut into a Buddha image early in 469. The curiously untypical carved lotus medallion over the Buddha’s head looks suspiciously like a somewhat transformed umbrella, of the type often found directly above carved stupas in earlier shrines. 1 Although, in Caves 7, 11, and 15 little more was done than get the image finished, in Cave Lower 6 the rear wall of the hall and the shrine/shrine antechamber were almost fully painted in early 469; however further (more time-consuming) work with the chisel was avoided.
46) with plans of various caitya halls. Cave 26 is the only caitya hall known to me where the stupa is not “properly” centered (Fig. 46). The stupa in Cave 19 would have been similarly adjusted had it not been too late to do this when the “solstitial” order arrived at the site; as it was, it was somewhat twisted to achieve a better orientation. 7 8 463/464/465 early developments and decisions 23 into the cave on the left. 9 If the adjustments made in Cave 26 were not only relatively successful but also not excessively disruptive, Cave 19 presented much greater difficulties.
The figure must date from the fifth century, probably earlier than Ajanta’s development. It must have been brought to the site, perhaps with a (Saivite) traveler from eastern Vidarbha, as a devotional object. A gold coin was also found in the excavation; but was not available for viewing when I visited the ASI office in Aurangabad some time ago. 4 The fact that the old A mode doorways in Cave 11 were provided with attached (A+ Mode) fittings in 468 (or just possibly 469) suggests that it was being readied for occupation at that time.