This is the most up to date book on the art, architecture, and history
of the famous Ajanta caves. It includes chapters on political
background, religious background, and epigraphy. It includes a summary
of the latest research carried out in the last few decades. It brings
together critical information from scholarly books and periodicals.
There are 284 colour photographs depicting architecture, paintings,
sculpture, and decorative motifs in comprehensive detail. For the first
time at least one photograph of all the narrative themes of the Ajanta
paintings have been printed in a book.
The identifications of
the painted themes by James Burgess, A. Foucher, James Griffiths, Dieter
Schlingloff, and Monika Zin have been included to create a collective
up-to-date corpus. On historical matters, the timeline of Walter M.
Spink for the Ajanta caves has been included.
In order to
satisfy the curiosities of the general reader and invoke research
interest in advanced learners, an account of how the excavation
progressed step-by-step in some of the caves has been included.