By Walter M. Spink
Quantity starts off with writings via the most very important critics of Walter Spink's conclusions, interspersed along with his personal responses, utilizing an intensive research of the nice Cave 26 to help his assertions. the writer then turns to issues of patronage, and to the excellent indisputable fact that, in contrast to such a lot different Buddhist websites, Ajanta used to be simply "elitist," built by way of lower than a dozen significant buyers. Its short heyday traumatically ended, besides the fact that, with the demise of the good emperor Harisena in approximately 477, growing political chaos. Ajanta's frightened consumers now joined in a headlong rush to get their shrines devoted, with a purpose to receive the anticipated benefit, sooner than they fled the sector, leaving behind their caves to the priests and native devotees ultimate on the now-doomed website. those "intrusive" new consumers now stuffed the caves with their very own helter-skelter votive choices, paying no heed to the well-laid plans of the years prior to. the same development of patronage is to be present in the redecoration of the sooner Hinayana caves, the place the cautious making plans of the paintings being performed in the course of Harisena's reign is without warning interrupted via a bunch of person votive donations. the quantity ends with a brand new and worthy modifying of Ajanta inscriptions by means of Richard S. Cohen.
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40 We must remember that the new bhadrasana image in Cave 26 was a very late concept developed nearly a decade after the stupa had been roughed out. Therefore it had to be placed in the tooconstricted fronting space which, it is almost certain, was originally intended to hold a standing image. Thus the now-“required” bodhisattvas had to be squeezed onto the stupa drum, where they are not even visible when one stands in front of the stupa. Similarly, kneeling devotees, also now a “required” post-Hiatus feature, had to be most expediently treated.
However, at this early date, the excavators failed to reserve matrix for the upper levels of the stupa, so that it was necessary to attach the umbrellas (now missing) separately. This was hardly very practical, and is in clear contrast to the technically more sophisticated— and later—treatment of the stupa in Cave 19, where the umbrellas were cut from matrix which had been sensibly reserved. This was also to be the case in the signiﬁcantly later (469) Caitya Cave 29, where the excavation of the unﬁnished vault has been stopped, surely by intention, at the point where the stupa was to be carved; had work continued, the upper portions of the stupa could have been monolithic, following the later and more sophisticated mode.
3 As in most Hinayana caves, each wing’s central hall, as planned, was to be surrounded by monks’ cells on left, rear, and right; but this notably simple arrangement, representing the plan of all four of Cave 26’s wings, undergoes major later adjustments in all cases, as conventions at the site develop. 4 Porch End Development All of Cave 26’s wings were conceived without porch end cells, a retardatory (Hinayana) feature found throughout the site but wisely abandoned after 465 in order to add cells at these convenient locations in all caves.
Ajanta, History and Development: Arguments About Ajanta (Handbook of Oriental Studies Handbuch Der Orientalistik 2, 18-2) by Walter M. Spink