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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Ajanta: Photo 82

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James Burgess began his Ajanta monograph, written late in the century, by lamenting that "unfortunately the damp, bats, natives, and other ignorant visitors have wrought sad ravages among these pictures." Nowadays, vandalism has been stsopped but humidity and light continue to take a toll. (Notes on the Bauddha Rock-Temples of Ajanta by J. Burgess, 1879, p. 1) The most famous of all the Ajanta paintings is probably this one in Cave 1. Over on the left, there's an illustration from the Sibi Jataka, a tale of a king being ceremonially bathed before renouncing his position. Spink observes that the painting is useful as an indication of daily life for a monarch in the fifth century.

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