Ajanta Cave Paintings

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The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE.

I'll just post some paintings from the Ajanta Caves.







Ajanta Caves are Buddhist rock cut caves dating from the Satavahana era to Vakataka+. It was abandoned adter the 6th century for unknown reasons, but it was discovered in modern times. They have preserved amazing frescoes. The paintings are about the Buddha's life and more.
 
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Most of the caves and paintings are made after the Andras by the likes of the Vakatakas. Who were a Deccan kingdom south of the Gupta Empire.










 
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You can spot images of foreigners here. Said to be Persan, Iranic.
 
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Bart Dale

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The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE.
Why do we say that that is a Buddhist rock cut cave? Even if some the pirctures are Buddhist, some look like they could be anything. How do we know that they caves didn't start off as non-Buddhist, but became Buddhist later, or the reverse, original they were Buddhist, but later non Buddhist also painted there.

Exactly what is Buddhist about a woman on a swing, as one of your pictures are? Given that the pictures cover many centuries, do you have a chronology of what pictures were done when?
 
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