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AJANTA: The Colour and Monochrome Reproductions of the AJANTA Frescoes Based on
- Oxford 1930-55, Oxford University Press. Brown cloth, 8 vol. set, complete: 4 vols. text:32 x 26 cm.+ 4 vols. portfolios: 52 x 41 cm., total illustrations: 357 pages of plates: 86 in color, 271 b.w. + large folding map, very clean sharp copy ! *** *** *** . . . THE LEGENDARY AJANTA CLASSIC RESEARCH PROJECT . . TAKING 25 YEARS TO WRITE & PHOTOGRAPH . . COMPLETE & PUBLISH . . .THE MOST IMPORTANT, AMBITIOUS AND IN-DEPTH SINGLE RESOURCE . . THE COMPLETE RESULTS OF PRIMARY RESEARCH . . . ISSUED IN A 8 VOLUMES: 4 TEXT + 4 ELEPHANT PORTFOLIOS . . . PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED . . . 6 COLOR, 271 FINE BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAVURES . . . 4 VOLUMES TEXT, 4 VOLUMES ELEPHANT PORTFOLIOS . *** Professor Yazdani's "SUI GENERUS " a most stunning written and fantastically illustrated scholarly contribution to Buddhist iconography and painting found in Ajanta caves. authoritative and definitive. . *** THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS CELEBRATED TITLE: . This set consists of 4 volumes of text, 4 volumes of loose portfolios with the color and black/white photogravures. . TEXT VOLUMES: Brown cloth, size is 32 x 26 cm., index + various b.w. plates, a key to the larger plates in the loose portfolios. . Vol. 1: Explanatory text by G. Yazdani [for all volumes], introduction by Laurence Binyon, British Museum, 55p., large color folding map laid inside, folds reinforced on the verso, 1930. . Vol. 2: Appendices & inscriptions, index, by John Allan, British Museum, many b.w. plates, 1933. . Vol. 3: Appendix & inscriptions by N.P. Chakravarti, with index. 1946 . Vol. 4: Appendices on the painted & incised inscriptions by N.P. Chakravarti & B. Ch. Chhabra, 130p., many b.w. plates, 1955. . *** THE PLATES IN THE LOOSE PORTFOLIOS: Each portfolio contains several large sheet, a plan, sketches of the caves or rooms, many with red-outline for clarity, . SUBJECTS FOUND IN THE ILLUSTRATIONS: This superb Buddhist art reference covers the paintings, icons, and sculptures, which depict various lives of the Buddha. Additionally addressing such subjects as Jataka, Yaksha & Yakshini, apsarasas, monkey god, arhats, Birth of the Buddha votaries making offerings, Bodhisattva, Maitreya, Mudras, Hariti & Pancika, Naga Kings & too many to list. . *** WHAT ARE THE AJANTA CAVES: . The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and rock cut sculptures described as among the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art, particularly expressive painting that present emotion through gesture, pose and form. . According to UNESCO, these are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that influenced Indian art that followed. The caves were built in two phases, the first group starting around the 2nd century BC, while the second group of caves built around 400-650 AD according to older accounts, or all in a brief period of 460 to 480 according to Walter M. Spink. The site is a protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, and since 1983, the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. . The Ajanta Caves constitute ancient monasteries and worship halls of different Buddhist traditions carved into a 250 feet wall of rock. The caves also present paintings depicting the past lives and rebirths of the Buddha, pictorial tales from Aryasura's Jatakamala, as well as rock-cut sculptures of Buddhist deities in vogue between the 2nd century BCE and 5th century CE. . Textual records suggest that these caves served as a monsoon retreat for monks, as well as a resting site for merchants and pilgrims in ancient India. While vivid colours and mural wall painting were abundant in Indian history as evidenced by historical records, Caves 16, 17, 1 and 2 of Ajanta form the largest corpus of surviving ancient Indian wall-painting. . Panoramic view of Ajanta Caves from the nearby hill . Ajanta is famous for its ancient Buddhist paintings.
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