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54 55. Females figure of blackish terra-cotta. C. National Museum, Karachi This figure has a somewhat similar headdress to that of figure 48. and even the metropolises, though partly protected by citadels, had no peripheral walls, despite the fact that they were the focal points of existence, economy, and civilization. How long was this period of decadence? For how long did the people of Mohenjo-daro, Harappa, Chanhu-daro, and Lothal carry on their tremendous battle against the environment? If the long chronology is adopted, the Indus civilization lasted little over a thousand years, remaining almost unaltered and bound "to the immutable traditionalism of the temple rather than to the wordy volubility of the court" (S.

32 31. Isolated elephant in the courtyard of Cave 33 (Indra Sabha) at Ellora. D. 750-850 The monumental complex at Ellora, and especially the Kilasanatha temple, are characterized by the presence of innumerable elephant images, sometimes used as caryatids. Indian thought not only elaborated complex speculation on the evolution of art, it established also a hierarchy of artistic activities where painting, poetry, theater, and dance are foremost. Architecture, sculpture, and the minor arts were theoretically relegated to artisan rank.

A Frenchman, a Turk, and some Indian artists collaborated with him, but probably the real author of this marble dream, of this unique wonder in Eastern and Western art, was Shah Jahan himself, who never recovered from the loss of his beloved and remained on the throne, unable to smile and prematurely white, only so that he might complete the monument that would remind the world forever of his lost love. With the slow decadence of the empire and the increasing foreign domination, first of the East India Company and then of Great Britain, India lost confidence in its artistic ability.

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