The wall paintings in the Buddhist cave monasteries of Ajanta (second centuries BC and fifth-sixth centuries AD) convey unique insights into the life of the Ancient Indians and their culture. The painted Buddhist legends proclaims ethics, in which help for beings in distress is valued higher than one's own personal welfare, and is often even worth more than one's own life.
The book presents line drawings of all narrative paintings, together with a short description of each scene. On the base of their literary sources many scenes are identified and interpreted for the first time.
About the Author
Professor emeritus Dr. Dieter Schlingloff, formerly head of the Department of Indology and Iranian Studies at the University of Munich, Germany, is a specialist in Buddhist Sanskrit literature, ancient Indian culture and art. More than thirty years of the author's researches were concentrated on the narrative Ajanta Painting.
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