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Sculptures in Aurangabad

Title:Sculptures in Aurangabad
Author:Ray, Amita
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 16 Issue no. 3; June 1963, p. 34-54
Abstract:The caves of Aurangabad represent the penultimate (the Brahmanical and Jaina ones being the ultimate phase) of the history of the rock-cut caves of Western India. Of the 12 caves, cave IV is the earliest, dating to the Satavahana period; all other caves are not earlier than the 6th-7th century. Discussed are the architectural features of the caves, and the composition of the sculptures. The sculptures belong to 6 groups: the Buddhas; Bodhisattvas; Saktis and female divinities of the Mahayana-Vajrayana pantheon; ancillary figures (mithuna couples, salabhañjikas, ganas and gandharvas, dwarfs, Nagas, and animal friezes); kneeling devotees; and Hindu deities.

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