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The Ajanta Caves: Ancient Paintings of Buddhist India

by Benoy K. Behl

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

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In 1819, a group of British soldiers on a hunting expedition chanced upon the Ajanta caves some 200 miles north east of Bombay. Ranging in date from the second century BC the sixth century AD, the exquisite Buddhist paintings and sculptures found there new rank among the world's most important cultural treasures. The murals were created using only the glow of lamps and candles quite unlike the harsh light employed in modern professional photography. For this book, Benoy K. Behl has used long exposures that pick up natural ambient light, capturing the art for the first time in all its glory and luminosity. The early followers of the Buddha created an isolated haven where they could meditate in peace. Stonecutters carved out massive caves decorated with lithe and graceful figures, fashioning beams and rafters from the rock in imitation of wooden buildings. Painters worked on exquisite murals that depict scenes of princely processions, ladies with their handmaidens, bejeweled animals, ascetics in monasteries, fantastic birds and beasts all demonstrating a startling degree of sophistication. Ajanta provides virtually the only evidence remaining of painting styles that first developed in India and then traveled with the spread of Buddhism into the Himalayan region, across Central Asia into China, and from there to Japan and Korea.

Details of the book

Book :
The Ajanta Caves: Ancient Paintings of Buddhist India
Book ID :
1557
Author :
Benoy K. Behl
ISBN 13 :
9780500285015
Year of Publication :
2005
Edition :
First
Publisher :
Thames & Hudson
Binding :
Softcover
Pages :
256
Size :
25 x 30 cm
Weight :
1.506 kg
Illustrations :
Numerous colour & b/w illustrations.

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