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Paintings of Ajanta and Dambulla – A Discussion of the Themes

Show simple item record Chavan, S.M. 2017-03-02T06:28:01Z 2017-03-02T06:28:01Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Chavan, Soumya Manjunath 2017. Paintings of Ajanta and Dambulla – A Discussion of the Themes. International Conference on Buddhism and Jainism in Early Historic Asia, 16th – 17th February 2017, Centre for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. p 32. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-955-704-025-7
dc.description.abstract The Buddhist art depict Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and other entities; notable Buddhist figures, both historical and mythical; narrative scenes from the life of Buddha, along with mandalas and other graphic aids to practice; as well as physical objects associated with Buddhist practice, such as vajras, bells, stupas and Buddhist temple architecture. Buddhist art originated on the Indian subcontinent following the historical life of Gautama Buddha, and thereafter evolved by contact with other cultures as it spread throughout Asia and the world. The Ajanta frescos scattered in the caves along the Waghora River date from the second century B.C., when the first Buddhists forbade representation of the Buddha himself. The subject-matter of the paintings of Ajanta are mostly the various lives of the Buddha as told in the Jataka tales. Buddhist art followed believers as the dharma spread, adapted, and evolved in the Asian countries. It developed to the north through Central Asia and into Eastern Asia to form the Northern branch of Buddhist art, and to the east as far as Southeast Asia to form the Southern branch of Buddhist art. The five caves at Dambulla converted into shrine rooms and within these rooms is housed a collection of one hundred and fifty statues of Buddha, and several more deities along with other personages of the Buddhist order of Sri Lanka. The uniqueness of this site lies in the fact that along with paintings on the walls there are also painted sculptures with a unique style, colour, composition and a range of themes depicting the life and teachings of Buddha. The present paper proposes to explores some themes of Buddhist paintings in India and Sri Lanka with reference to paintings at Ajanta and Dambulla. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Centre for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject India-Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject Ajanta en_US
dc.subject Dambulla en_US
dc.subject Buddhist Painting Tradition en_US
dc.subject Themes en_US
dc.title Paintings of Ajanta and Dambulla – A Discussion of the Themes en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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