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C. were In the present example the disposition of the robe over the and independence from, the Near East may On of other bearded heads found at Mohenjo-daro. again be explained by the availability of fuel for Valley. a great deal speculation on the identification of this and similarities of these statues to Mesopo- tamian scultpure in the plastic conception of the head and certain other in hard, mask-like planes technical details are fairly close, and yet not enough close to prove a real relationship.
It is the aim of the Indian religions - all Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain - to break from these barriers in order to The methods know the divinity directly. of attaining the desired union with the divinity are infinite, one most important for symbols The world. of the mysteries supernatural effigies or diagrams could be used with equal convenience for representing the deity, since the icon is, human mind can indeed, a diagram meant to express a definite religious concept, and never intended as the likeness or replica of anything on earth.
As authorities have pointed out, the barrel- vaulted chaitya-halls of the Buddhist period, monuments of the Indus culture, the rock-cut cave-temples of western India, are continued in the centuries after the Aryan in- imitations of free-standing buildings in which nounced vasion. in the Such motifs as battlements, and the palmette and rosette designs that appear so frequently in early Buddhist monuments, were the barrel roof was constructed of interlocking wooden ribs covered with thatch. In introduced to India in the period before the interior development of any kind of monumental archi- the duplication of the tecture or sculpture in stone.