By G. Yazdani
Ajanta; the color and monochrome reproductions of the Ajanta Frescoes in line with images, with an explanatory textual content by way of G. Yazdani, and Appendices at the Painted and Incised Inscriptions by means of N.P. Chakravarti and B.Ch. Chhabra
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10 . Such trials are mentioned more than once in the Jatakas, for example in the Slbi Jataka, I—I I , and the Ti Ivantara Jataka. A s this subject is painted on the wall opposite to the one on which the tibi Jstaka I I is delineated, some scholars have suggested that it may be 2 36 identified with the story o f the charitable king Chandraprabha who cut off his head to give it in charity to a Brahman beggar who asked for it ( DivySvadSna, N o. 22) T h e scenes painted on the rock-wall, however, differ considerably from those given in the legend, P L A T E XV rafters above them on which the roof finally rests.
There are as many as twenty-one princes, and the crown and jewels of each differ according to his rank; but they are all very artistic in shape and finish. Among the jewels o f these princes pearl ornaments arc in abundance, but pendants o f emerald and jewellery set with other precious stones, notably sapphires, may also be noticed. The artist, with a view to showing that these princes hail from different parts o f the country, has given them varying com plexions, dark brown, dark grey (clayey), and greenish, the last being conventional, repre senting chieftains o f the forest tribes.
The w-ater-flagon is also the emblem o f the Bodhisattvas Maitreya and Avalokitesvara (Plates I V a and V I£). Above the hermit there was another figure, the drawing o f one o f whose legs suggests rapid movement. Behind this figure was also painted a tree with long leaves. THE MOTHER AND CHILD BEFORE THE BUDDHA AND OTHER BUDDHIST DEITIES P la te V II 6-c These figures are fainted on the side toails of the second tvindoiVy to the right of the main entrance, in the veranda of Cave X V 1 1 . H E S E paintings until quite recently were concealed under a pall o f smoke and dirt, but although the colours o f the paintings are almost destroyed, the figures can be made out by the outlines o f their draw-ings.
Ajanta : monochrome reproductions of the Ajanta frescoes based on photography. Text by G. Yazdani