By Walter M Spink
Quantity 5 includes, besides introductory reviews, "cave via cave" courses. one that, very in brief, describes the nature of every cave and its patronage, is meant to be beneficial for the final customer to the location. the opposite, very exact, discusses the location and peculiarities of every collapse relation to the general, 12 months through 12 months, improvement of the positioning. This quantity additionally features a entire set of cave plans, and diverse illuminating charts, graphs, outlines, and maps.
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They were surely used for the hanging of garlands. 44 chapter five refuse it for another two hundred years—it may reﬂect the motifs at the entrance of the beautiful Cave 19, where crowns are held aloft over Buddhas at either side of the door. A crown being oﬀered is also the central motif of the porch doorway of Cave 24, a design datable to 477, which is considerably more developed than that of Cave 2—and revealing the speed of developments at the site. Cave 2’s windows, unlike the doorway, go far beyond the oldfashioned Cave 1 types.
But what Cave 1 lacks in intricacy, it makes up for in authority. The solidly handsome pillars of its peristyle, carefully arranged in opposing or adjacent pairs, deﬁne an impressive space. As one enters, all of the visible faces of 7 Cell R1 was not ﬁtted out until after 475, possibly because it had bad ﬂaws in the ceiling, causing a delay in its completion. The two right court cells were clearly “afterthoughts”, probably cut in 477 when court cells were so popular throughout the site. 8 The manner in which the old projections, although by and large retained, were sometimes cut back is discussed in the chapter on door ﬁttings in Volume VI (forthcoming); also Volume I, pp.
This of course made the image group very constricted, since after 475 it was “necessary”, according to the new convention, to include bodhisattva attendants. These were squeezed in with some diﬃculty, the one at the left having no visible arm. Cave 4’s image, really a copy of that of Cave 1, suﬀered from precisely the same constraints. We must look a bit later, to Cave 2, to see how well and logically the image group is spread out on the rear shrine wall, and by the same token we can see that the antechamber goddesses ﬁt comfortably on their pillars, which were not blocked out until 475 or after, when such complexity had become conventional.