5000 Years of the Art of India by Mario Bussagli

By Mario Bussagli

With 397 illustrations in colour. The dirt jacket is cost clipped and has chips and closed tears to the extremities.

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Jewels from Harappa. C. National Museum, New Delhi The necklace of gold, semiprecious stones, and vitreous paste; the gold bracelet; the double-coil ornament; and the setting of the red, cone-shaped stone with the centralhinge are characteristic. As is evident, jewelry-makling was very advanced. 58. Jewels from Harappa. C. National Museum, New Delhi The necklace of gold, semiprecious stones, and vitreous paste; the gold bracelet; the double-coil ornament; and the setting of the red, cone-shaped stone with the central hinge are characteristic.

The struggles that the Rigveda relates extol the Aryan victories over the dark-skinned Dasyus and the destruction of the pur, the fortified cities that Indra, the war god of the Aryans, crushed by the hundreds with his deadly club. These, apparently, were the struggles that the Aryans undertook against the remaining forces of the Harappan civilization, even though the physical portrait of the stubborn defenders of Indian soil is dissimilar from that of the proto-Mediterranean type which became predominant over the bearers of the languishing proto- Indian civilization.

C. National Museum, Karachi From a figurine connected with cult of the mother goddess. Despite stylization, thick coiling braids and a peculiar – probably symbolic headdress can still be clearly detected. The eyes are superimposed disks. 50 49. Seal with a 'unicorn' and ritual objects (a). Another with a humped bull and pictographic writing (b). C. National Museum, Karachi The seal representing the big humped bull with crescent horns and thick, heavy dewlap (b) is one of the most striking artistic creations of the Indus Valley civilization.

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