chapter  VII
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THE ORIGIN OF ORNAMENTAL ART

I N the course of the previous investigations I have incidentally touched upon the ornamental art of the Indians, and it is now time to pay more attention to this particular side of their

mentality. I do not, of course, lay claim to an exhaustive treatment of the problems this comprehensive subject puts before us. In the subsequent pages my only purpose is to point out the leading prin­ ciples of Indian ornamentation, some significant facts being adduced in support of the theories I intend to set forth.