Understanding culture

Print edition : April 03, 2015

The Chaluka temples of Badami, Karnataka. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Mahajanaka Jataka, Cave 1, Ajanta, depicts the abhishek, or ritual bath, of the king before he sets out on his ascetic life. The clear understanding of perspective is seen in the receding pillars. The roundedness of the pillars is also brought out by shading. Photo: By Special Arrangement

The wide-ranging field the book covers and the vividness of the conceptual concerns it encapsulates make it an important source of reference on the cultural life of early South Asia.
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