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  Ajanta Paintings: 86 Panels of Jatakas and Other Themes
By: Rajesh K. Singh

Ajanta Paintings: 86 Panels of Jatakas and Other Themes <br> By: Rajesh K. Singh


 
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Author: Rajesh Singh
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9788192510736
Publication Date: 2013

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With a new title this book is actually the first abridged edition of An
Introduction to the Ajanta Caves: With Examples of Six Caves, 1st ed.
(Baroda: Hari Sena Press, 2012) by the same author. This edition is
focused on the paintings of Ajanta, and does away from the detailed
historical developments of the caves. The book highlights the corpus of
the paintings that are currently extant on the site. It is somewhat in
line with the earlier attempts by Robert Gill (1862, 1864, 1867), John
Griffiths (1896-97), Gulam Yazdani (1930-55), Dieter Schlingloff (1999,
2013), and Monika Zin (2003) to accommodate the painted narratives and
major non-narrative themes with corresponding illustrations and
descriptive texts. Before Schlingloff and Zin, some of the painted
themes were never identified at all; some were incorrectly identified;
and many were correctly identified but various events, episodes, and
scenes within a particular narrative or non-narrative panel were never
fully explained. Schlingloff and Zin have done so with remarkable
detail. Their illustrations are drawings, which are better suited for
the purpose of in-depth study. There was a need to learn the same with
the help of photographs. This book serves exactly the same purpose,
albeit in an abridged format. For the first time, a book accommodates,
within  the space of a single volume: - the entire corpus of the extant
panels of the narrative and non-narrative themes (86 panels). - all the
latest identifications of the painted themes by Dieter Schlingloff of
Leipzig University and Monika Zin of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt
Munich. - short retelling of the Jatakas and other stories (86 narrative
and non-narrative painted panels). - long-exposure, low light, fine
arts photography of 86 painted panels (143 colour photos). Nontechnical
language is used to help the students and general readers understand the
entire corpus of the Ajanta paintings. At the same time, the content is
so presented as to keep the expert readers engaged.

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