The Buddha Statue


The Art Institute of Chicago was hosting an art exhibit on Asian art. Much of the art was religious figures. One statue that stuck out to me was a carved Buddha made of rock. The statue was just mounted on a stand in the center of the room. This piece of artwork was glowing. It was created in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India in the 12th century out of smooth granite. It made me feel really nostalgic and reminded me of a vacation I went on three years ago. I traveled to Aurangabad, India and visited the Ajanta caves. These caves were created on the side of a mountain near a river. It amazes me that simple villagers during that time period could create such a grand extent with little technology.

The Ajanta caves are located in Aurangabad, India. They consist of many Buddhist carvings, which were created anytime from 2BC to 480 CE. These caves were used as Buddhist monasteries. There is a huge array of caves; some are huge and detailed, others are small and simple. These caves were forgotten after many of the Buddhists in the area died out. They were discovered in 1819 by a British officer that had gone off-course looking for food. Since 1983, the caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage site, and work has been done to preserve the glorious caves.