By Walter M Spink
Quantity 5 contains, in addition to introductory reviews, "cave through cave" publications. one that, very in brief, describes the nature of every cave and its patronage, is meant to be worthwhile for the overall customer to the positioning. the opposite, very distinctive, discusses the location and peculiarities of every collapse relation to the general, yr through yr, improvement of the positioning. This quantity additionally incorporates a whole set of cave plans, and numerous illuminating charts, graphs, outlines, and maps.
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However, this eﬀect is largely due to fate, since it reﬂects the way the image was originally planned, not the way those who ﬁnished it necessarily wanted it to be. 27 It had no choice but to be ﬁtted 27 For further discussion of the Cave 1 shrine and image, see Volume I, Chapter 9. a detailed guide to the ajanta caves 39 onto the front of the constricting central block. 28 It is likely that when work was interrupted on the Cave 1 image in 471 the base level had not yet been reached. This meant that when work was renewed in 475, the eﬀective (even if damaged) group of devotees could be added, along with the fancy new type of garlanded wheel; both of these features were copied in a number of later images, the most immediate example being those in Cave 4, as well as in the Ghototkacha vihara.
One of the side panels of the right capital, showing lions with riders, is particularly notable, since (varied from that on the left) it shows a fallen rider clutching one of the lion’s legs, just as can also be seen in Cave 19. Since work on Cave 19 was not continued after the Hiatus (when its sponsoring king had been defeated) this could well suggest (quite reasonably) that the front row of pillars was already in course of decoration by 471. The central panels of the next pillars, to left and right, show vigorous dwarfs canopied by an arch which spouts from makaras below; the upraised makaras’ tails generate exuberantly spiraling foliage which ﬁlls the lateral spaces.
32 chapter five Upendragupta. But Upendragupta was all too soon aﬄicted by his old rivals, the Asmakas, also feudatories of Harisena, who were ruling over the region to the south. 20 The beginning of 469 starts the Recession, obviously instituted by Upendragupta because of his concerns about the Asmaka reprisals— which indeed were sure to come. However, in the meantime, work now continued upon Cave 1 even more vigorously than upon the excavations of Upendragupta himself. Then, when the Asmakas did indeed take over the region in 475, after their war with Upendragupta, they abruptly forbade any further work on their defeated rival’s Caves 17–20; the tables had been turned.