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D. 40 39 Manikkavachakar. Bronze statueete. D. National Museum, New Delhi. The subject was a scribe-poet of the ninth century, whose verse was thought to bear a divine revelation and belongs to the so-called Sacred Sayings (Tiru Murai). In his left hand he holds the book of his verse; his right hand is posed in a declamatory gesture. was overwhelming, as was England's superiority in the military field, in science, and in technology. Besides, there was the need to adapt Indian art to the strictly conservative taste of the foreign residents.

Of human groups less active and perhaps not so well organized but still advanced enough to belong to the same evolutional level. The culture of Rana Ghundai, which a number of scholars, among them D. H. C. At first this culture had remarkable analogies with that of Hassuna, the greatest of the Mesopotamian proto historic cultures, but later it drew closer and closer to the production of Tepe Hissar, a large Neolithic center in the Iranian highlands south of the Caspian Sea. The most often recurrent images on pots from Rana Ghundai are those of humped bulls whose crescent like horns are represented frontally although the animal is in profile.

D. Dandin and others regarded rasa as an ordinary mood or feeling intensified by the combination of various elements: in drama, for instance, by the plot, the text, the acting, the scenography, the actors, and so on. To Sankuka it was a feeling felt and imitated without reference to reality, that is, purely abstractly. To Bhatta Nayaka, as R. Gnoli points out in his book The Aesthetic Experience According to Abhinavagupta (Rome, 1956), rasa is a pleasure unrelated to everyday life-a pleasure experienced in a generalized, universal manner, regardless of time and space.

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