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Author Béguin, Gilles, author.

Title Ellora : Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain sanctuaries / Gilles Béguin ; edited by Christophe Hioco, Luca Poggi ; photography by Iago Corazza.

Publication Info. Milan, Italy : 5 Continents Editions, [2020]


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  MILAN 726.145 BÉGUIN    Check Shelf
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  MILAN 726.145 BÉGUIN    Check Shelf
Description 283 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 35 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface / C. Hioco and L. Poggi -- Preface / G. Béguin -- Foreword -- INTRODUCTION. History -- Main rulers -- Map of India -- Map of north-west Deccan -- Ellora and Indian art -- map of the site of Ellora -- Relief map of cliff -- CAVES LAYOUT. Buddhist caves: Cave 1 ; Cave 2 ; Cave 3, Ghatotkaca ; Cave 4 ; Cave 5, Mahārwāḍā ; Cave 6 ; Cave 7 ; Cave 8 ; Cave 9 ; Cave 10, Viśvakarma ; Cave 11, Do Ṭhāl ; Cave 12, Tin Ṭhāl -- Hindu caves: Cave 13 ; Cave 14, Rāvaṇakā Khāi ; Cave 15, Dāś Avatāra ; Complexe 16, Kailāsanātha ; Cave 17 ; Caves 18 and 19 ; Caves 20 and 20 bis ; Cave 21, Rāmeśvara ; Cave 22, Nīlakaṇṭha ; Caves 23, 24, and 25, Khumbharvada ; Cave 26, Janvasa ; Cave 27, "Milkmaid Cave" ; cave 28, Ganeśa lena and Jogeśvari caves ; Cave 29, Dumār Leṇa -- Jain caves: Cave 30, Choṭā Kailāsa ; Cave 30 bis ; Cave 31 ; Cave 32, Indra Sabhā (formerly Cave 33) ; Cave 33, Jagannātha (formerly Cave 33 bis) ; Cave 34 (formerly Cave 33 ter) -- CONCLUSION. Chronological outline -- APPENDIX. Approximate size of caves in meters -- Dating hypotheses -- Probably dating by cave number -- Selected bibliography -- Index.
Summary Thirty-four places of worship (temples, monasteries, and shrines) were carved out of the rock between the fifth and tenth centuries over an area of around two square kilometres. All the sculpture at the site is testimony to the superb skill and sheer determination of the workforce involved, as well as being evidence of the religious harmony of the time. The monuments include all sorts of architectural and decorative features that display the utmost splendour and inventiveness: columns, staircases, reliefs, stuccos, and even surviving patches of painted decoration. In the past, the extraordinary work at the site has unfortunately been eclipsed by the exceptional nature of its surroundings. The architecture and sculpture are often immersed in darkness and this has made it impossible to create the kind of photographic record that would give their stunning quality the visibility it deserves. But now Iago Corazza, with his ultra-sensitive photographic equipment, is able at last to give lovers of Indian art and enthusiasts the chance to fully appreciate this wonderful, indeed unique, group of rock-cut temples. The task of explaining the meaning and significance of these works as they emerge from the dark is entrusted to the expertise of Gilles Beguin. Following the success of Khajuraho, readers have the chance to explore another treasure of Indian art accompanied by a distinguished guide, with the benefit of photos that at last do their marvellous subjects full justice.
Language Translated from the French.
Subject Ellora Caves (India)
Cave temples -- India -- Ellora Caves.
Cave temples (OCoLC)fst00849897
India -- Ellora Caves (OCoLC)fst01241485
Added Author Hioco, Christophe, editor.
Poggi, Luca, editor.
Corazza, Iago, photographer.
ISBN 8874398727 (hardcover)
9788874398720 (hardcover)
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