By Mario Bussagli
With 397 illustrations in colour. The airborne dirt and dust jacket is rate clipped and has chips and closed tears to the extremities.
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National Museum, Karachi On the dark red background are represented bull or buffalo heads with large curved horns forming an ornamental motif. Six-pentaled white flowers are joined to the animal heads, which are represented frontally. This is a rather rare figural convention at such an early epoch. 43. Plate with two holes in the border and painted decoration on the inside surface. Red slipped terra-cotta with black paintings. C. National Museum, New Delhi In the middle is a highly stylized figure of a stag with abstract decorative motifs providing an effect of space.
The court records bear the names of such famous miniaturists as Basawan, Daswanth, Mir Sayyid 'Ali, Abd al-Shamad, Miskina, and Abu'l Hasan. A practical administrative necessity impelled the artists to make sure that the attributions were correct and that each was credited with the part he had contributed to the making of the miniatures or album paintings. This, however, was not the only reason for their interest. The Islamic regard for personality also had something to do with it. Some of these painters acquired great fame and prestige, and the modern critic will have no difficulty in realizing that the reputation they enjoyed was far from undeserved, despite the tendency to industrialization, with teamwork and serial production.
About four hundred years after it was founded, Kot-Diji was razed to the ground in warfare. Obviously, the passage from 'culture' to civilization proper took place by degrees. There is no need to refer to the Mesopotamian influence to explain the existence of the large metropolises, especially since the plan of the Indus Valley cities is different from that of any other contemporaneous center. -to prevail and, thanks to their acquired wealth, to effect the rapid transformation. The Indus Valley civilization had two main centers, namely, the northern metropolis uncovered near the village of Harappa-and the Southern metropolis lying halfway down the river and called by the modern name of Mohenjo-daro (the hill of the dead); these were accompanied by a multitude of smaller towns, by the town of Chanhu-daro, and by a port which now lies inland because of the alterations that have taken place along the coast.
5000 Years of the Art of India by Mario Bussagli