By Walter M. Spink
Quantity starts off with writings by way of probably 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 aid his assertions. the writer then turns to concerns of patronage, and to the magnificent incontrovertible fact that, in contrast to so much different Buddhist websites, Ajanta was once simply "elitist," constructed by means of below a dozen significant buyers. Its short heyday traumatically ended, even if, with the demise of the good emperor Harisena in approximately 477, growing political chaos. Ajanta's frightened buyers now joined in a headlong rush to get their shrines committed, that allows you to receive the anticipated advantage, sooner than they fled the sector, forsaking their caves to the priests and native devotees final on the now-doomed website. those "intrusive" new buyers now crammed the caves with their very own helter-skelter votive choices, paying no heed to the well-laid plans of the years earlier than. an analogous trend 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 unexpectedly interrupted by way of a bunch of person votive donations. the amount ends with a brand new and invaluable modifying of Ajanta inscriptions through Richard S. Cohen.
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30 volume iia, chapter two Cave 25, the upper right wing of the Cave 26 complex, was probably started before 26RW (the lower right wing), for work would have progressed generally downward (as well as from front to rear) when the whole complex was being exposed. It almost certainly was planned in the simplest manner, with its porch pillars connecting directly with the ﬂoor. 7 We can see that the pillars, originally planned (and only roughed out) with heavy octagonal shafts, as would have been expected in the early 460s, were later being recut in a more modern style when all Asmaka patronage was interrupted late in 478.
This is probably why the remaining matrix on this side was less than on the left, and therefore insuﬃcient for the carving of the “necessary” monolithic devotees. Instead it is evident that a separately carved group was “plugged into” a slot in the ﬂoor; it is needless to say that only the slot remains. But by its position we can tell that the group it held was more appropriately located vis-à-vis the image, being closer and more to the front. This of course destroys the perfect symmetry which is generally so dominant a feature in such compositions, but Ajanta’s planners were typically able to adjust convention in cases like this, to allow for a signiﬁcant correction.
6 Hardly a year later, because the deeper cell complexes had just come into fashion, the space between Caves 23 and 24 had to be very signiﬁcantly adjusted—a phenomenon of great interest, to be discussed later. Pillars Sitting Directly on Floor Although the standard convention which was developed at Ajanta in the Vakataka period was to support the pillars in the cave with a monolithic ﬂoor beam, over which visitors often trip today, it would appear that in the earliest excavations the pillars were set directly on the ﬂoor, just as they were in the Hinayana caitya halls, which had such a strong inﬂuence on the earliest Vakataka excavations.
Ajanta, History and Development: Arguments About Ajanta (Handbook of Oriental Studies Handbuch Der Orientalistik 2, 18-2) by Walter M. Spink