Ajanta cave paintings and carvings: buddhist art

Ajanta Cave Paintings and Carvings: Buddhist Art

The caves of AJANTA are one of the greatest monuments of the world. Being ancient, this place is recognized as historical monument by UNESCO. Visit to these caves would be a memorable experience for any person coming form any place of the world.

It is believed that the Buddha devotees and monks lived here and did the sculptures and the painting as part of their worship towards Buddha.

It is believed that these cave paintings are done by the Buddhist monks and other artists. Most of the paintings show the influence of religion. The characters painted are mainly Buddha and Bodhisattvas, a Buddhist monk. The artworks depict stories of Buddhism. All the materials used in these paintings came from the local area. The artists have done their work on a ground of mud-plaster. The technique used seems to be tempera.

The artists, may they be sculptor of a painter, always try to depict the life of the people they live in. so had done the artists who did the artworks in Ajanta and Ellora caves. Here the depiction of all types of people of the contemporary social strata is done. We can see the kings and the slaves; we can see the carvings and paintings of the divine musicians; we can see the dancers of the courts, known as the divine women dancers.

These ancient caves were almost forgotten by the people living in the surrounding areas. Once a company of British soldiers passed from this region and the officers have found out these caves in nineteenth century. Otherwise these monuments were hidden under the green vegetation of the forests of the state of Maharashtra in India.

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Опубликовано 21 Sep 2010 в 2:00 pm. Рубрика: A. Вы можете следить за ответами к этой записи через RSS.
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