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Volume 64 Number 4, June 2013

Living Rock

Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Cave Temples in the Western Deccan

Edited by:  Pia Brancaccio

Price:   Rs 2800 (INR) / $68 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   140 pages, 120 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-81-921106-7-7  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    From the 2nd century bce to the 10th century ce, rock-cut temples and monasteries appeared at various sites in the subcontinent – most notably across the western Deccan. Carved on the edge of the basaltic plateau, the cave sites were strategically placed near ancient trade routes and fertile land, and showcased a variety of architectural spaces for different worship practices and monastic uses.
    Living Rock offers new perspectives into to this fascinating world of cave temples. With a wealth of extant material evidence, rather than a comprehensive survey of rock-hewn temples, it presents selected case studies that explore fresh avenues of investigation. The contributions by archaeologists, art historians, historians and scholars of religion trace the cultural and religious phenomena associated with the development of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave sites in the western Deccan. Some investigative models proposed in this book suggest new relationships between literary and visual evidence; others follow threads connecting cave centres to religious and artistic contexts located outside the western Deccan in an attempt to place the rock-cut monuments in a wider cultural landscape.

    Pia Brancaccio is Associate Professor of Art History at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA.  She has done extensive research on the Buddhist caves of the western Deccan, Gandharan art, and multiculturalism in the art of ancient South Asia. Her publications include: The Buddhist Caves at Aurangabad: Transformations in Art and Religion (2011) and Gandharan Buddhism: Archaeology, Art and Text (co-edited with Kurt Behrendt 2006).


    Pia Brancaccio

    What’s in a Name? Rethinking “Caves”
    Phyllis Granoff

    Early Historic Junnar: Archaeology and Art
    Vasant Shinde

    The King and the Monastery: The Pandu Lena at Nashik
    Himanshu Prabha Ray

    Guntupalle: The Oldest Rock-Cut Buddhist Monastery in the Eastern Deccan
    Akira Shimada

    Shakyabhikshus at the Brazen Glen: Mahayana Reoccupation of an Old Monastery at Pithalkhora
    Nicolas Morrissey

    Post-Vakataka Monuments: The Legacy of Ajanta
    Walter M. Spink

    Buddhist Caves of the Deccan: Art, Religion and Long-Distance Exchange in the 5th and 6th Centuries 
    Pia Brancaccio

    Ellora Cave 16 and the Cult of the Twelve Jyotirlingas
    Benjamin J. Fleming

    Relationships between Art, Architecture and Devotional Practices at Ellora
    Lisa N. Owen