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The Charm of Ajanta

Title:The Charm of Ajanta
Author:S.L.
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 9 Issue no. 1; December 1955, p. 59-60
Abstract:This is an introduction to the article by Charles Fabri which follows (pp. 61-76). The introduction is accompanied by some tracings and preceded by colour plates of paintings from the earlier Ajanta caves carved out under the Satavahanas. The Ajanta paintings have a unity of theme insofar as they depict the life of the Buddha as the Sakya prince or in one of his previous births, but a diversity in treatment. They do not strive after an illusion of depth. The art perhaps achieved full flowering during the Gupta period, but it is incorrect to attribute the technique entirely to Gupta inspiration: in certain ways, they are akin to Amaravati and have a southern inspiration.

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