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Atmospheric Gestation: Deciphering Ajanta Ceiling Paintings and other Related Works (Part 1)

Title:Atmospheric Gestation: Deciphering Ajanta Ceiling Paintings and other Related Works (Part 1)
Author:Vajracharya, Gautama V.
Enumeration:Vol. 55 Issue no. 2, December 2003, pp. 41-57
Abstract:The subjects of the ceiling paintings of the Ajanta caves differ from their wall paintings. The ceilings are painted with mandalas and foliage motifs such as stylized lotuses and vines and mythical foliate creatures. The scholar presents his investigation on the motifs and their association with foliate creatures and rain cloud imageries. He then discusses why these features appear on the ceilings and entrances of Gupta/Vakataka-period Indic edifices in India, Nepal, and Java and explains the mandala-like designs painted on the ceilings which are an expression of the Indian concept of atmospheric gestation as expounded in Vedic literature.

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