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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Ajanta: Photo 83

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The figure on the right is probably the most reproduced painting at Ajanta, but its identity is unclear. Many guides identify the figure as Padmapani, the lotus bearer, but Zinn observes that he or she holds a water lily, not a lotus and is probably a king serving as an entrance guard. (Monika Zinn, Guide to the Ajanta Paintings, Delhi, 2003, volume 2, p. 2.) Pity that the photos on this website of this and other paintings have plummeted from the Great Mirror's customary standard of mediocrity to something better described as abysmal. But, hey, it's a cheap camera, hand held, no flash, and it's in the hands of someone who can barely operate a cell phone. Or, to get grumpy, "take your own."

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