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2 At page 10, vol. , the Babu reproaches the architect of the Ganesa Cave with having made" a stupid bl'/Jtnder" in the setting out of the fa<;ades, and he refers to it again on page 45. To my mind this "stupid blunder " shows such an advance in the art of design that it is one of the principal reasons why I consider the Ganesa Cave subsequent to the Rani-ka-Ntir. In the earliest caves, such as the Ananta, the sculpture was confined to the tympana of the doorways. Later the whole of the spaces between the doorways were sculptured, but, except from the interruption caused by the heads of the doorways, there is no proper separation between the has-reliefs, though they certainly do not form one continuous subject, and most probably were meant to tell quite different stories.

New Series, 1880, p. 126 et seq. ' 'Journal Bombay Branch Royal Asiatic Suciety,' vol. viii. p. 64. KATAK CAVEB. some of these must be inscriptions in Cave No. , though which he does not specify, nor of what value its evidence must be if it could be ascertained which it was. When I examined the cave, which I did with considerable care in 1839, I came to the conclusion that it contained no inscription. however, asserting this on my own evidence, which at best could be only negative from the nature of the ease, I telegraphed to Mr.

T ! Esthetic proportions cannot be of the least possible consequence. Nor can construction; in all instances sufficient stability could easily be provided for, and was so, without interfering with any artistic or constructive exigency, so that their proportions required no table to explain them. The table does not pretend that any diminution or extension of the area of the voids compared w th those of the solids, marks an improvement in constructive skill, or artistic taste, which could lead to the detection of any progress in any direction.

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