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Ajanta: Cave 2

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Ajanta: Cave 2
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Keywords: Cave II 5th cent. A.D. [Ajanta];architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: The walls of this vihara are covered with carvings which used to be painted, Represents a seated yaksa and yaksini, The yaksa seems to be making the gesture of dispelling fear, while his companion is amusing a child, These carvings are large, reaching to the ceiling of the vihara, which is decorated with frescoes, Beneath these figures children play and two of them are inciting a pair of rams to combat, These yaksas may be protector spirits of childhood, The style is rather heavy and rigid, and well represents the post-Gupta ideal, Middle of the 6th cent.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-759


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