Glimpses of Art

Vishvantara Jataka, Cave 17, Ajanta, Maharashtra, c. 5th century CE. Photograph by Benoy K Behl, 1992.

The Bodhisattva Prince Vishvantara is the last birth of the Buddha before he is born as Siddhartha who gained enlightenment. Here, he is seen with his wife Princess Madri.  The receding pillars and the elliptical mouth of the pitcher show the perfect depiction of perspective, which is a very advanced feature for 5th century art in the world.