Ajanta: The end of the Golden Age

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BRILL, 2005 - History - 423 pages
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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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Contents

The Historicity of
119
A Revised Vakataka Chronology
163
Dandins Visrutacarita and the Future
169
Family Relationships bearing upon Ajantas
179
Its Origins and its Aftermath
184
A Review
200
The Asmaka
272
Caves Abandoned at the Time of Harisenas Death
315
Related Caves of the Vakatakas or their
325
The Need for Study in Situ Esp
366
Visrutacarita of Dandins DaakumÓracarita
393
Inscriptions 16 17 26 Ghatotkacha
412
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