Ajanta; the colour and monochrome reproductions of the by Ghulam Yazdani; N.P. Chakravarti

By Ghulam Yazdani; N.P. Chakravarti

Ajanta; the color and monochrome reproductions of the Ajanta Frescoes in keeping with images, with an explanatory textual content by way of G. Yazdani, and Appendix and Inscription. by means of N.P. Chakravarti. released below the designated authority of His Exalted Highness the Nizam.

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T he portion of the fresco which has been preserved contains a deep balcony from which a boy leans out and points to something, perhaps to the stGpa. I-cap. Below the figure of the lad is another looking upwards. In the balcony besides the boy there are two other persons, one o f them being a monk and the other a nun. T he latter is also dressed like a hermit. T h e interesting feature of the painting is a creeper, or the thin branches o f a tree, hanging down the balcony, with red bark, green leaves, and white flowers.

T he style of painting o f these figures resembles that o f some o f the frescoes o f Cave II, but there is more imitation in it than any improvement upon the painting of the latter cave. T h e drawing o f some figures is also defective, for instance the arms o f the Bodhisattva, painted above pillars 2 and 3 on the right side, arc disproportionately long. T he grouping of the figures is also monotonous and show’s art o f a decadent type. But some of the heads o f the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, as observed above, exhibit careful drawing combined with a love of detail, and the figures above pillar 6 on the right side (X X I 6 ) and above pillar 8 on the left side (X X I a) are very good examples of that.

In this subject the artist has exhibited extraordinary skill in painting the leaves and shoots of the banyan. T h e leaves are dark green in the original fresco, but some are reddish, showing 1 Cowell, vol. v, p. 22. a Below this scene there was another which is destroyed now, only the crowns of the heads of some human figures being visible. T he cornice of a building can also be 34 traced, on which an inscription is painted. For the text and date o f the inscription see Appendix, pp. 90 ff. 1 Cowell, vol.

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