Ajanta: Arguments about Ajanta
Volume Two begins with writings by some of the most important critics of Walter Spink's conclusions, interspersed with his own responses, using a thorough analysis of the great Cave 26 to support his assertions. The author then turns to matters of patronage, and to the surprising fact that, unlike most other Buddhist sites, Ajanta was purely elitist", developed by less than a dozen major patrons. Its brief heyday traumatically ended, however, with the death of the great emperor Harisena in about 477, creating political chaos. Ajanta's anxious patrons now joined in a headlong rush to get their shrines dedicated, in order to obtain the expected merit, before they fled the region, abandoning their caves to the monks and local devotees remaining at the now-doomed site. These "intrusive" new patrons now filled the caves with their own helter-skelter votive offerings, paying no heed to the well-laid plans of the years before. A similar pattern of patronage is to be found in the redecoration of the earlier Hinayana caves, where the careful planning of the work being done during Harisena's reign is suddenly interrupted by a host of individual votive donations. The volume ends with a new and useful editing of Ajanta inscriptions by Richard S. Cohen."
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Chapter One A discussion of H Bakkers The Vakatakas
Chapter Two Cave 26 as an inaugural monument
Chapter Three Cave 26s complicated development
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17 inscription abandoned Ajanta Ajanta Cave already appears Asmaka Asmaka caves Aurangabad Avalokitesvara Bagh caves Bakker BCTTI bodhisattvas Buddha images Buddhabhadra Buddhist caitya hall carved Cave 17 Cave 26 complex Cave Lower cave's cell cell complexes Chapter clearly Cohen completed Copies course DAJI Dandin Dasakumaracarita decoration dedicated donative Editions donors doorway earlier early emperor Harisena evidence excavation facade face fact feudatory figures front Ghatotkacha Harisena's death Harisena's reign Hinayana ICTWI inscribed intrusive Jataka Khandalavala king late later left wall Location Mahayana Medium Mirashi mode monks never original Painted Type panels patronage patrons Period of Disruption pillars planned plaster Plate porch porch-end probably rear wall Recession record redecoration region religious donation Risika Sakyabhiksu Sarvasena sculptures Second period seems shrine images site's Spink standing Buddha started stupa Subandhu surely Text Notes tion Translation triforium unfinished Upendragupta's Vakataka Varahadeva Vatsagulma verse Vidarbha viharas Visrutacarita Volume