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Ajanta: Cave 1, detail of mural: the Great Bodhisattva, Late 6th-early 7th Centuries A.D.

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dc.contributor.authorPhotographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
dc.coverage.spatialIndia (Ajanta, Maharashtra)
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-24T05:59:28Z
dc.date.available2019-05-24T05:59:28Z
dc.date.createdcirca 1970s
dc.identifierANUA 682-756
dc.identifier.otherIA-856
dc.identifier.otherIA-856
dc.identifier.other26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/163524
dc.descriptionThe principal decoration of Cave 1 consists of two huge murals on the back wall of the chaitya temple: one representing the manifestations of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva, or archangel, as some scholars have called him, the second, showing the Great Bodhisattva, as a personification of Padmapani (the male counterpart to the goddess of compassion and the lotus, Shri-Lakshmi) which together with the first Bodhisattva forms the trinity with a sculpture of Buddha in the center of the two panels, The composition is no longer restricted to a mere band or frieze but now covers the entire surface of the wall, Truly the most famous figure in the mural is of the Great Bodhisattva, also called the 'Beautiful Bodhisattva,' who is holding in his hand a blue lotus and is therefore a personification of Padmapani, Unfortunately, the figure is destroyed from the waist down, yet the noble torso and compassionate face are still clearly visible, and actually the most important parts of the image center around the face, As Indian art scholar B, Rowland has observed with respect to the figure of the Bodhisattva, it is truly the ultimate realization of the Indian ideal of the cult image and is a handsome counterpart to the Gupta sculptures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas conveying this same ideal nature, Compared to the images in Cave 2, we see that a different style has again evolved in the painting, The figures no longer stand apart from one another within clearly shallow space, They now overlap more convincingly and show more subtle graduations of shadows, The large full areas of colors barely modeled at the edges are missing,
dc.format.extent35mm
dc.format.mediummounted transparency
dc.format.mediumb&w
dc.format.mediumsepia
dc.format.mimetypeimage/tiff
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBasham Collection
dc.subjectCave I c. 500 A.D. [Ajanta]
dc.subjectarchitecture
dc.subjectmurals
dc.subjectmounted transparency set
dc.titleAjanta: Cave 1, detail of mural: the Great Bodhisattva, Late 6th-early 7th Centuries A.D.
dc.typeImage
dc.date.updated2019-05-24T05:59:28Z
dc.provenanceDigitised by the Australian National University in 2019
dc.rights.licenseThis image is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the Archives Program, Australian National University.
CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham

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