give us some glimpse of the contemporary life of the people. But the diversities of scenes
of these sculptural depictions are so numerous that we have only pointed out a few
leading varieties.Of the sculptural, designs, we may mention the caitya-windows of two
different types on a lintel. One of these patterns is a trefoil in which all the three
arcs are of the same size, in the other the upper are is larger than the two arcs on the
sides*10. The interior of the sunken panel is entirely covered with geometrical patterns
with a half rosette in the center.
delineation of vegetable life the artist was in the height of his form. Combined with a
considerable amount of faithful representation and integrity there is an amount of
luxuriance of decoration and of picturesque arrangement. As floral
ornamentation could be employed for any decorative purpose and any vacant space could be
filled up with such devices, naturally they became varied in form and numerous in numbers.
Of the floral designs, the lotus was by far the greatest favourite, and it was carve in
various forms, in bud, in a half open state, and in full-blown flowers.
In Deo Parbat there is a beautiful representation of a cluster
of lotuses in full bloom and appears to be issuing from a pond. Another illustration from
the same place exhibits a row of busts with hands holding lotuses; their patra-kundalas
were also designed like full-blown lotuses.
*10. The Age of the Imperial Guptas, p. 196; A.R.A.S.I.,
1924-25, p. 97.