Ajanta: The end of the Golden Age
The twenty-nine Buddhist caves near Ajanta form a devotional complex which ranks as one of the world's most startling achievements, created at the very apogee of India's Golden Age. "Ajanta: History and Development," appears as part of the series Handbook of Oriental Studies, present the reader with a systematic treatment of all aspects of the site, the result of forty years of painstaking research "in situ" by Walter M. Spink. Volume one deals with the historical context in which this dramatic burst of pious activity took place under the reign of Vakataka emperor Harisena, (c. 460 - 477 A.D.), and with the sudden halt of activity almost immediately following the death of the emperor. In surprising detail the relative and absolute chronology of the site can be established from a careful reading of the physical evidence, with consequences for our dating of India's Golden Age. Ajanta, it appears, is a veritable illustrated history of Harisena's times, crowded with information on its history, development and how it was used.
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The Historicity of
A Revised Vakataka Chronology
Dandins Visrutacarita and the Future
Family Relationships bearing upon Ajantas
Its Origins and its Aftermath
Caves Abandoned at the Time of Harisenas Death
Related Caves of the Vakatakas or their
The Need for Study in Situ Esp
Visrutacarita of Dandins DaakumÓracarita
Inscriptions 16 17 26 Ghatotkacha
abandoned aisle Ajanta Cave already Anupa appears Asmaka Aurangabad Aurangabad Cave Bagh caves Bakker Barwani bhadrasana bodhisattvas Buddha images Buddhabhadra caitya hall carved Cave 16 inscription Cave 17 Cave 26 Cave Lower Cave Upper cave’s ceiling cells completed consistent patronage course Dandin Dasakumaracarita decoration dedicated devotees Dharasiva dharmacakra donations donors dynasty earlier Early Kalacuri emperor Harisena evidence excavation expedient fact feudatories finished fitted front Ghatotkacha vihara Gupta Harisena’s death Hinayana image in Cave intrusive Kale king late later Maharaja Subandhu Mahismati Malwa minister Mirashi mode monks never painted panels patrons perhaps Period of Disruption pillars planned plastered porch doorway porch end prince probably rear wall Recession region reign Risika rush Sarvasena sculptor Short Chronology shrine antechamber shrine doorway site’s sixth century Spink Sravasti standing Buddhas started stupa Subandhu suggests surely tion Traikutakas underway unfinished Upendragupta Vakataka Varahadeva verse Vidarbha Visruta Visrutacarita worship yaksha