Lecture and Book Signing: Buddhist Rock Cut Monasteries of the Western Ghats, at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York
An illustrated lecture and book signing by George Michell to mark the publication of Buddhist Rock-Cut Monasteries of the Western Ghats.
October 25, 2017
Some of the most spectacular examples of ancient Buddhist architecture can be found in the rugged landscape of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, where shrines and the dwellings of monks and nuns were carved from the rocky faces of the mountains. Dating back to the first and second centuries BCE, these so-called “caves” preserve evidence of early monastic life, while their figural carvings offer glimpses into the era’s courtly culture. Beginning in the fifth century these caves were embellished with Buddha and Bodhisattva images, and they resounded with the prayers of devotees, magnified by echoes from the surrounding rocky landscape.