Ajanta: The end of the Golden Age

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BRILL, 2005 - History - 423 pages
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
A Review
The Asmaka
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

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Walter M. Spink, Ph.D. (1954), Harvard, is Professor Emeritus, History of Art, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has published widely on Indian Art in general, and Ajanta and related sites in particular.