By G. Yazdani

Ajanta; the color and monochrome reproductions of the Ajanta Frescoes in response to images, with an explanatory textual content via G. Yazdani, and Appendices at the Painted and Incised Inscriptions via N.P. Chakravarti and B.Ch. Chhabra

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Further, on the right, near the spoke, is a tree with rich foliage, and dose to the latter the head o f a man with long hair may also he made out. Behind this man, a little higher, may be seen a large circular dish, and another one square or rectangular, on which a large pineapple is placed. The scene perhaps represents the rOyal garden retreat. At the top o f this division a white stupa is painted, and the artist by way o f contrast has placed in front o f it a grove o f dark green trees with luxuriant foliage.

The river Ganges is represented in a conventional manner, first by the presence of fishes and aquatic birds in its upper and lower courses, and secondly by persons both male and female bathing in the river. The painter has shown only the upper parts of the bodies o f these bathers, the lower parts being immersed in water. There are eight persons, two of whom are male and six female. There is also a boy sitting on the bank, which is drawn in a conven­ tional style with wavy lines. One youngish lady with a sweet face is making the pranama (obeisance) to the raja (Plate X I I I d).

There are three more attendants who are sitting in front, and listening with attention to the words of the prince. Two of these attendants are dwarfs, always a conspicuous feature at the courts of Indian princes. In the fourth division of the Wheel the painting has suffered much more than in other divisions, and probably the destruction is due to Bird’s irresponsible act in cutting off figures from the rock-wall, to which a reference has already been made {ante, p. 2 1, footnote 2). This division either contained scenes of country life, such as are shown in the first division, or represented episodes in the exile of a prince living a life of penance in a forest, thus con­ tinuing the story painted in the second and third divisions.

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