By G. Yazdani
Ajanta; the color and monochrome reproductions of the Ajanta Frescoes in accordance with images, with an explanatory textual content by way of G. Yazdani, and Appendices at the Painted and Incised Inscriptions through N.P. Chakravarti and B.Ch. Chhabra
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The subject evidently refers to the appearance of the benign elephant before the Buddha in heaven, after his death caused by hunters in this world. The incident is not mentioned in the "Jataka and appears to be a later addition to the story. The fourth episode is the court-scene in which the rani faints at the sight of the tusks of the benevolent elephant, who was her husband in his previous birth. She is shown stretched on a couch, supported from behind by the raja. Two round pillows with circular designs at their ends may be seen at the head of the couch, behind the raja.
A little higher towards the right are two more men armed with knives and cutting pieces of flesh from the carcass. The scene is somewhat gruesome, yet it shows the craven nature of man when confronted with the prospect o f death through hunger. T 1 T h e story is also painted in Cave X V I , on the wall o f the front corridor, and a description o f the painting with a summary o f the story (Jataka-mala , N o. 30) is given in Ajanta, iii, 4 6 -4 7 , Plates X L V I I I £ - X L I X . 35 AJANTA:EXPLANATORY TEXT Farther down, near the bottom on the right side (Plate X I V a), a part of the head of an elephant—his forehead, the right eye, and a part of the trunk—may be seen.
Six ladies are to be seen in the window, one with a fair com plexion, who through grief has placed her left arm on her head, and with the right hand is covering her face to conceal her rears. Her fingers and nails arc painted with great care. The expression o f the face o f another lady, to her left, also indicates feelings o f sorrow. She may be a maid o f honour to the lady with the fair complexion, who is probably the queen. The features, the head-dress, and the pose o f this maid exhibit art of a high order.
Ajanta : monochrome reproductions of the Ajanta frescoes based on photography. Text by G. Yazdani