The Buddhist Caves at Aurangabad: Transformations in Art and Religion

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BRILL, Dec 17, 2010 - Art - 332 pages
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This is a study that focuses on the art and architecture of a group of Buddhist rock-cut monuments excavated on the western edge of the Deccan Plateau in India. It analyses the various cultural, historical and religious phenomena that shaped the caves at Aurangabad through the first seven centuries of the Common Era and it comments on the Buddhist tradition of the western Deccan as a whole. The result is a comprehensive work that does not address exclusively iconography and chronology, but looks beyond Aurangabad to the larger artistic and religious traditions of the Indian Subcontinent.
 

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Contents

Why Aurangabad?
1
Chapter One The Caves
7
Chapter Two The Beginnings at Aurangabad
25
Chapter Three The Aurangabad Renaissance in the Fifth Century
71
Chapter Four Buddhist Practice at Aurangabad in the Sixth Century
125
Chapter Five The Eastern Group of Caves
159
Chapter Six Summary and Conclusion
211
Bibliography
217
Index
229
ILLUSTRATION SECTION
235
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Pia Brancaccio, Ph.D. (1995) in Indian Art and Archaeology, Universita' degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale," Italy, is Assistant Professor of Art History at Drexel University, Philadelphia. She has published extensively on Buddhist art and multicultural systems in ancient South Asia, with a special focus on Gandhara and the western regions of the Deccan plateau, including a book co-edited with Kurt Behrendt entitled "Gandharan Buddhism: Archaeology, Art and Text" (UBC Press, 2006).

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