The subject was first suggested to me by Professor H. D. Sankalia, my revered guru. For this I am deeply beholden to him.
I am thankful to Dr. M. S. Mate for seeing the wrok through the press and to Dr. Mrs. S. Gokhale for going through the proofs. My friends, Sarvashri D. S. Chandrachud, Datta Kulkarni and R. B. Sapre prepared the illustrations. To them my thanks are due. I also gratefully acknowledge the help received from Sri A. Ghosh, the Director General Archaeology in India, New Delhi, who kindly supplied the photographs.
Lastly I am grateful to Rekha, my wife, for all her help.
In the following pages, therefore, an attempt is to study the entire wealth of the cultural equipment that is depicted in the reliefs, to compare the same with the actual specimens that have been found in the excavations of ancient sites, to note the plastic parallels, to substantiate it with the help of the accounts of foreigners and to corroborate the same by literary descriptions as far as possible.
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