Walter M. Spink Selected Publications

The Journey of Siddhartha (a free translation from Asvaghosa’s Buddhacarita). Mumbai,  2000.

Ajanta: A Brief History and Guide. Ann Arbor:  Asian Art Archives, University of Michigan, 1994.

The Axis of Eros. New York: Schocken Books, 1973.

The Quest for Krishna: Paintings and Poetry of the Krishna Legend. Ann Arbor, 1972.

Krishnamandala: A Devotional Theme in Indian Art. Exhibition catalogue, Ann Arbor, Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan, 1971.

Ajanta to Ellora. Ann Arbor: Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan, and Bombay: Marg Publications, 1967.


“A Disarming Story”, Journal of Indian Anthropology 43:1-20 2008, pp 1-20

“To Keep One’s Memory Green” for Prof. Dr. Dieter Schlingloff Festschrift 2009.

“The Ajanta Caves”, for Encyclopedia of India, edited by S. Wolpert, Scribner’s, NYC 2005 (in the press)

“A New Vakataka Chronology”. In The Ananda-Vana of Indian Art (Dr. Ananda Krishna Felicitation Volume) edited N. Krishna and M. Krishna, New Delhi, 2004

“The Quest for Krishna”. In H. Dehejia, A Celebration of Love, pp. 30-37, New Delhi, 2004

“Ajanta: A Brief Resume” Card prepared for Maharashtra Tourist Development Corp. 20,000 copies made in English, Marathi, and Hindi, for distribution at the site. 2004.

“The Innocent Evolution of Ajanta’s Technology”. In The Vakatakas: Indian Culture at the Crossroads, edited by H. Bakker, Groningen, 2004 (in the press)

“Ajanta” and “Ellora”: short articles for Encyclopedia of Brittanica’s Art of India, ed. F. Asher, 2003.

“Cave 17’s Ceiling: Could it really fly?” paper for International Seminar on Science and Technology, Delhi 2002. In the press.

Report of Ajanta Site Conference: for Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Feb 1999. Distributed by committee to government officials, participants, and interested scholars.

“Ajanta’s History: A Resume” For Archaeological Survey of India: Sarkar Felicitation Volume. Submitted 1999

"Wall Painting [at Ajanta]." In The Dictionary of Art, vol. 15, pp. 553-58. Edited by J. Turner, New York: Grove Dictionaries, 1996.

"The Earliest Vakataka Cave Shrine: An Anomalous Stupa in the Ghatotkacha Vihara," vol. 1, pp. 171-80: In Sri Nagabhinandanam: Dr. M. S. Nagaraja Rao Festschrift: Bangalore: Dr. M. S. Nagaraja Rao Felicitation Committee, 1995.

"Topics for Study and Discussion in the Vakataka Caves at Ajanta and Aurangabad." In Indian Painting: Essays in Honour of Karl J. Khandalavala, pp. 436-49. Edited by B. N. Goswamy in association with U. Bhatia. New Delhi: Lalit Kali Akademi, 1995.

"The End of Imagery at Ajanta." In New Trends in Indian Art and Archaeology: S. R. Rao's 70th Birhtday Felicitation Volume, vol. 2, pp. 337-48. Edited by B. U. Nayak and N. C. Ghosh. New Delhi:  Aditya Prakashan, 1992.

"The Vakataka Caves at Ajanta and Their Successors." In Reappraising Gupta History: Festschrift Honoring Srirama Goyala, pp. 248-62. Edited by B. C. Chhabral. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 1992.

"The Caves at Ajanta." Archaeology 45.6(November-December 1992): 52-60.

(With A. Rane). "The Warlis." Pathik 3.3(April 1992): 8-10.

"Ajanta in a Historical and Political Context (Continued): Reply to K. Khandalavala, A. Jamkhedkar, B. Deshpande," Pathik 3.4 (July 1992): 16-25.

"Before the Fall: Pride and Piety at Ajanta." In The Powers of Art: Patronage in Indian Culture,  pp. 65-77. Edited by B. S. Miller. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"The Achievement of Ajanta." In The Age of the Vakatakas, pp. 177-202. Edited by A. M. Shastri. New Delhi: Harmon Publishing House, 1992.

"The Vakatakas' Flowering and Fall." In Proceedings of International Seminar on the Art of Ajanta, pp. 213-42. Edited by R. Parimoo, 1991. Also in The Art of Ajanta: New Perspectives, pp. 71-99. Edited by R. Parimoo et al. New Delhi: Books & Books, 1991.

"The Archaeology of Ajanta." Ars Orientalis 21 (1991): 67-94.

"Notes on Buddha Images." In in The Art of Ajanta: New Perspectives, pp. 213-41. Edited by R. Parimoo et al. New Delhi: Books & Books, 1991.

"Ajanta in a Historical and Political Context." Pathik 2.1 (September 1990): 5-17

"A Recently Discovered Buddha Image at Aurangabad." In Rata Chandrika: Panorama of Oriental Studies (Shri R. C. Agrawala Festschrift), pp. 189-96. Edited by D. Handa and A. Agrawal. New Delhi: Harmon Publishing House, 1989.

(With Frederick Asher). "Maurya Figural Sculpture Reconsidered." Ars Orientalis 19 (1989): 1-25.

"Making Ajanta." In Making Things in South Asia: The Role of Artist and Craftsman (Proceedings of the South Asia Seminar), pp. 34-51. Edited by M. W. Meister. Philadelphia Department of South Asia Regional Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1988.

"Ajanta's Paintings: A Checklist for Their Dating." In Felicitation Volume in Honour of Srimati Pupul Jayakar, pp. 457-68. Edited by L. Chandra. Delhi: Agam Kala Prakashan, 1987.

"A Reconstruction of Events Related to the Development of Vakataka Caves." In Kusumanjali: New Interpretation of Indian Art and Culture; Sh. C. Sivaramamurti Commemoration Volume, vol. 1, pp. 185-90. Edited by M. S. Nagaraja Rao. Delhi: Agam Kala Prakashan, 1987.

"Flaws in Buddhist Iconology." In Facets of Indian Art: A Symposium Held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 26, 27, 28 April and 1 May 1982, pp. 3-8. Edited by R. Skelton et al. London:  Victoria and Albert Museum, 1986.

"Ajanta's Chronology: Solstitial Evidence." Ars Orientalis 15 (1985): 97-119.

"Ajanta's Chronology: Cave 7's Twice-born Buddha." In Studies in Buddhist Art of South Asia, pp. 103-16. Editeed by A. K. Narain. New Delhi: Kanak Publications, 1985.

"The Great Cave at Elephanta: A Study of Sources." In Essays on Gupta Culture, pp. 235-82. Edited by B. L. Smith. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1983.

"The Elaboration of the Myth." In Krishna the Divine Lover: Myth and Legend Through Indian Art, pp. 102-21. Edited by E. Isaaco. London: Serindia Publications, 1982.

"Ajanta's Chronology: Politics and Patronage." In Kaladarsana: American Studies in the Art of India, pp. 109-26. Edited by J. G. Williams. New Delhi: Oxford and IBH Publishing in collaboration with the American Istitute of Indian Studies, 1981.

"Ajanta's Chronology: Cave 1's Patronage and Related Problems." In Chhavi-2: Rai Krishnadasa Felicitation Volume, pp. 144-57. Edited by A. Krishna. Banaras: Bharat Kala Bhavan, 1981.

"The Ecology of Art: India and the West." In Symposium on Mass Culture, Language, and Arts in India, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1970, pp. 72-97. Edited by M. L. Apte. Bombay: Popular Prakashan, 1978.

"Jogeswari." Journal of Indian Society of Oriental Art, Dr. Moti Chandra Commemoration Volume. Special number (1978): 1-35.

"Bagh: A Study." Archives of Asian Art 30 (1976-1977): 53-84.

"Ajanta's Chronology: The Crucial Cave." Ars Orientalis 10 (1975): 143-69.

"The Splendours of Indra's Crown:  A Study of Mahayana Developments at Ajanta." The Sir George Birdwood Memorial Lecture, 23 May 1974. Journal of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce 122.5219 (1974): 743-67.

"The Cage of Form." In Structural Approaches to South India Studies, pp. 17-42. Edited by H. M. Buck and G. E. Yocum. Chambersburg, PA: Wilson Books, 1974.

Review of Phiippe Stern, Les Colonnes indiennes d'Ajanta et d'Ellora. Journal of the American Oriental Society 94.4 (1974): 483-87.

"Vijayanagar: City of Victory." Journal of Indian History 51.1 (1973): 122-40.

"Ajanta: A Brief History." In Aspects of Indian Art, pp.49-59. Edited by P. Pal. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1972.

"A Temple with Four Uchchakalpa (?) Doorways at Nachna Kuthara." In Chhavi: Golden Jubilee Volume, pp. 161-72. Banaras: Bharat Kala Bhavan, 1971.

"Ajanta's Chonology: The Problem of Cave Eleven." Ars Orientalis 7 (1968): 155-68.

"Monuments of the Early Kalachuri Period." Journal of Indian History 46.2.137 (1968): 263-70.

"Ellora's Earliest Phase." Bulletin of the American Academy of Benares 1 (1967): 11-22.

"History form Art History: Monuments of the Deccan." In Summaries of Papers, Organising Committee [of the] 26th International Congress of Orientalists, New Delhi, India, pp. 242-243. Edited by R. N. Dandekar, 2 vols. New Delhi: A. K. Ghosh, 1964.

"Ajanta and Ghatotkacha: a Preliminary Analysis." Ars Orientalis 6 (1966): 135-55.

"The J. M. Plumer Collection of Oriental Art." Ars Orientalis 5 (1963): 337-39.

"Indian and Art History." The Fullbright Newsletter 9.4 (1962): 1-2.

"Indian Art in the Teaching of Indian Civilization." In Introducing India in Liberal Education, pp. 165-78. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1959.

"On the Development of Early Buddhist Art in India." The Art Bulletin 40.2 (1958): 95-104.

"Rock-cut Monuments of the Andhra Period: Their Style and Chronology." Ph. D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1954.

"Indian Folk Art: Orissan Painting." Institute of International Education News Bulletin (December 1953): 15-19, 36.